Michael B. Silverberg, M.D., Traci Speed, M.D., Ph.D.
Depression is a topic covered in the Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide.

To view the entire topic, please or purchase a subscription.

Official website of the Johns Hopkins Antibiotic (ABX), HIV, Diabetes, and Psychiatry Guides, powered by Unbound Medicine. Johns Hopkins Guide App for iOS, iPhone, iPad, and Android included. Explore these free sample topics:

Johns Hopkins Guides

-- The first section of this topic is shown below --


  • Depressed mood is a normal emotional response to loss, disappointment, or failure.
  • Major depressive disorder is an episodic illness associated with changes in mood, vital sense, and self-attitude. It leads to marked functional impairment and reduced ability to anticipate or experience pleasure or happiness. It is associated with feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness, psychotic symptoms, psychomotor retardation, and/or suicidal ideation.
  • Depressive disorders are common mental disorders that occur in people of all ages and ethnicities. The timing, duration, and severity of symptoms help distinguish the various depressive disorders.

-- To view the remaining sections of this topic, please or purchase a subscription --

Last updated: January 7, 2018