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Diagnostic Terms: Mood Disorders


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major depression, major depressive illness, clinical depression, major affective disorder, unipolar disorder
a disorder causing periodic disturbances in mood that affect concentration, sleep, activity, appetite, and social behavior; characterized by feelings of worthlessness, fatigue, and loss of interest
dysthymia
a milder affective disorder characterized by chronic depression
manic depression, bipolar disorder (BD)
an affective disorder characterized by mood swings of mania and depression
seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
an affective disorder marked by episodes of depression that most often occur doing the fall and winter and that remit in the spring
generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
the most common anxiety disorder; characterized by chronic, excessive, uncontrollable worry about everyday problems; affects the ability to relax or concentrate, but does not usually interfere with so
panic disorder
a disorder of sudden, recurrent attacks of intense feelings, including physical symptoms that mimic a heart attack with a general sense of loss of control or feeling that death is imminent; often prog
phobia
an exaggerated fear of specific object or circumstance that causes anxiety and panic; named for the object or circumstance.
posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
a condition referring from an extremely traumatic experience, injury, or illness that leaves the sufferer with persistent thoughts and memories of the ordeal; may occur after a war, violent personal a
obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
an anxiety disorder featuring the unwanted, senseless obsessions accompanied by repeated compulsions; can interfere with all aspects of a person's daily life.
hypochondriasis
a preoccupation with thoughts of disease and concern that one is suffering from a serious condition that persists despite medical reassurance to the contrary