Depression, Depression Types

Mood Disorder Due to a General Medical Condition

The essential feature for Mood Disorder Due to a Medical Condition is a prominent and persistent disturbance in mood that is judged to be due to the direct physiological effects of a general medical condition.

The mood disturbance may involve depressed mood; markedly diminished interest or pleasure; or elevated; expansive, or irritable mood.

The disturbance may resemble that of Major Depressive episode, but the full criteria cannot be met.

Criteria for Mood Disorder Due to a General Medical Condition

A. A prominent and persistent disturbance in mood predominates in the clinical picture is characterized by either of the following:

1. depressed mood or markedly diminished interest or pleasure in all, or almost all, activities.
2. elevated, expansive, or irritable mood

B. There is evidence form the history, physical examination, or laboratory findings that the disturbance is the direct physiological consequence of a general medical condition.

C. The disturbance is not better accounted for by another mental disorder.

D. The disturbance does not occur exclusively during the course of a delirium.

E. The symptoms cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.