major depression


Definition of major depression

2 : an episode of depression characteristic of major depressive disorder

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Serious mental illness, such as major depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, affects one in 17 people in the U.S. WSJ, "Hospitals Lose With Medicaid Expansion," 6 Nov. 2018 According to the nonprofit group Mental Health America, 62% of children with major depression in the U.S. don’t receive any treatment at all. Laura Landro, WSJ, "The Psychiatrist Can See Your Child Now, Virtually," 8 Jan. 2019 Roughly 16 million American adults have major depression and 42 million American adults suffer from anxiety disorders, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, an advocacy group. Daniela Hernandez, WSJ, "Brain Data Could Read Moods, Potentially Treat Depression," 10 Sep. 2018 Researchers compared genetic analyses of 700 human brains from deceased individuals who had one of those three disorders, major depression or alcoholism (columns) with brains of individuals who had none of the conditions. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, "The Same Genes May Underlie Different Psychiatric Disorders," 12 July 2018 About 10% of people with major depression die of suicide. Liz Szabo, USA TODAY, "Kate Spade’s death ignites concern about rising suicide rate," 7 June 2018 Besides schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression, these include obsessive-compulsive disorder, anorexia nervosa and Tourette’s syndrome. The Economist, "A big collaboration is trying to understand diseases of the psyche," 28 June 2018 Four serious side effects were reported during the course of the study, though three of these events -- suicide ideation, major depression and appendicitis -- were not attributed to MDMA. Susan Scutti, CNN, "MDMA enhances treatment for veterans with PTSD, study finds," 1 May 2018 The benefits also applied only to people who were suffering from major depression, specifically in the short term. New York Times, "Do Antidepressants Work?," 12 Mar. 2018

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1979, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Medical Definition of major depression

: an episode of depression characteristic of major depressive disorder also : major depressive disorder

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