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Re: Defining "atypical depression"

Posted by Jim on March 7, 1999, at 14:54:50

In reply to Re: Atypical depression..., posted by MA on March 7, 1999, at 11:34:46

Several people have asked what atypical depression

This is a frequently used term in psychiatry,
although there is some debate about it. As I
understand it, it refers to cases of depression
that present certain "atypical" features, such as:

-- overeating (instead of no appetite)
-- oversleeping (instead of sleep trouble)
-- mood reactivity (can be temporarily cheered up)
-- worse in evening (instead of worse in morning)

It's not required to have all these features to
be labelled considered "atypical", but more
than one makes it increasingly likely.

For more (and better) information, see the
Harvard Health Letter article at this webpage:

-- Jim




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