Chronic depression - Definition

March 2017


Definition


Depression is a mood disorder characterized by profound sadness, despair, lack of desire to live, withdrawal, loss of interest and motivation, behavioral change, and mental and motor slowing which can result, in the most extreme cases, in suicide. When depression continues for at least two years, it is called chronic depression. Chronic depression is treated with antidepressants and psychotherapy. Sometimes psychiatric hospitalization is necessary.

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