major depressive disorder

noun

Definition of major depressive disorder

: a mood disorder having a clinical course involving one or more episodes of serious psychological depression lasting two or more weeks each with no intervening episodes of mania

Examples of major depressive disorder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Eighty percent of people with BPD meet the criteria for major depressive disorder, 90% suffer from anxiety and two thirds misuse drugs and alcohol. Yasmin Lajoie, refinery29.com, "“Tomorrow I’ll Be Someone Else”: Living With Borderline Personality Disorder," 3 Sep. 2020 The child, who was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, major depressive disorder and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, took the scissors after participating in a craft group. Glenn Howatt, Star Tribune, "Two Minnesota agencies probe missteps at East Bethel treatment center for children and teens," 18 Aug. 2020 That constitutes 11 percent to 12 percent of as many as 17 million Americans who have major depressive disorder. BostonGlobe.com, "Virgin Galactic teams up with Rolls-Royce on engine for supersonic aircraft," 3 Aug. 2020 That constitutes 11% to 12% of as many as 17 million Americans who have major depressive disorder. Cynthia Koons, Bloomberg.com, "Johnson & Johnson Spray Approved to Treat Suicidal People," 3 Aug. 2020 That constitutes 11% to 12% of as many as 17 million Americans who have major depressive disorder. Fortune, "Johnson & Johnson antidepressant spray approved for treating those at risk of suicide," 3 Aug. 2020 But more seriously, Schlundt says that a severe, sustained change in appetite is one of the main symptoms of major depressive disorder. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "Why Am I Always Hungry? 12 Reasons Why Experts Say You Feel Hunger Pangs Constantly," 8 July 2020 In the second, at the opposite end of things, are people who already have a clinical diagnosis of major depressive disorder or a persistent version known as dysthymia. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "Is Everyone Depressed?," 22 May 2020 The mental health court serves defendants with severe and persistent mental illness, and defendants who may have been diagnosed with conditions like schizophrenia, major depressive disorder or bipolar disorder, Clarke said. oregonlive, "After investigation into wide-ranging misconduct, Multnomah County will review management of mental health division," 18 Apr. 2020

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1978, in the meaning defined above

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“Major depressive disorder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/major%20depressive%20disorder. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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major depressive disorder

noun

Medical Definition of major depressive disorder

: a mood disorder having a clinical course involving one or more episodes of serious psychological depression that last two or more weeks each, do not have intervening episodes of mania or hypomania, and are characterized by a loss of interest or pleasure in almost all activities and by some or all of disturbances of appetite, sleep, or psychomotor functioning, a decrease in energy, difficulties in thinking or making decisions, loss of self-esteem or feelings of guilt, and suicidal thoughts or attempts — compare bipolar disorder

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