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

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  • 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.

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Last updated: January 7, 2018


Silverberg, Michael B, and Traci Speed. "Depression." Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide, 2018. Johns Hopkins Guide, www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787017/all/Depression.
Silverberg MB, Speed T. Depression. Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide. 2018. https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787017/all/Depression. Accessed July 16, 2019.
Silverberg, M. B., & Speed, T. (2018). Depression. In Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide. Available from https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787017/all/Depression
Silverberg MB, Speed T. Depression [Internet]. In: Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide. ; 2018. [cited 2019 July 16]. Available from: https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787017/all/Depression.
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