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Question: What is the difference between mood disorders and depression? Is it that mood disorders aren't for long periods for time? Or is depression a subcategory of mood disorders

Answer: Depression is a category under the umbrella of mood disorders. Under the umbrella of mood disorders include some of these other disorders: Dsythymic Disorder - characterized by at least 2 years of depressed mood for more days than not, accompanied by additional depressive symptoms that do not meet criteria for Major Depressive Disorder. Bipolar I - characterized by one or more manic or mixed episodes, usually accompanied by Major Depressive Espisodes. Bipolar II - characterized by one or more Major Depressive Episodes accompanied by at least one Hypomanic Espisode Major Depressive Disorder - characterized by by one or more Major Depressive Episodes (i.e., at least 2 weeks of depressed mood or loss of interest accompanied by at least 4 additional symptoms of Depression). Depressive Disorder Not Otherwise Specified(NOS) - included for coding disorders with depressive features that do not meet criteria for Major Depressive Disorder, or one of the others listed. Other criteria for Major Depressive Disorder: significant weight loss when not dieting or weight gain or decrease in appetitenearly every day; insomnia or hypersomina nearly everyday; fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day; diminished ability to think or concentrate, or indecisiveness nearly every day. There are other criteria. These are just some of them.

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