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The International Classification of Diseases – 10 (ICD-10), describes ten symptoms to look for in the diagnosis of depression, a major mental health disorder. These can be grouped into key and associated symptoms:
Key symptoms of depression:
At least one of the above symptoms most be present most days, most of the time for at least 2 weeks. Also, if any of the key symptoms are present in a patient, ask about these seven associated symptoms:
Associated symptoms of depression::
The ten symptoms are to be used to define the severity of depression and inform management of this major mental health disorder. They should be present for a month or more and every symptom should be present for most of every day
Depressive disorders include two main sub-categories:
Clssification of severity of depression
The severity of major depressive disorder can be classified asIt is very important shown below:
In view of the impact of this major mental health disorder, it is so very vital to recognize the symptoms of depression and be able to assist a sufferer in getting the best professional care they need very promptly.
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