Major Depressive Disorder | Avoid Mental Breakdowns

Major Depressive Disorder Diagnosis

Diagnosis is based on subjective feelings of the person. There are certain criteria that have to be met in order to be diagnosed with Clinical Depression which include the following:

1. Within the same 2 week period, 5 or more of the following symptoms must be present AND represent a change from previous functioning:

2. Depressed mood for most of the day, almost every day
3. Decreased pleasure and interest in activities that would normally be enjoyed
4. Significant changes in weight (loss or gain)
5. Sleeping disturbances (insomnia or hypersomnia)
6. Fatigue and loss of energy every day
7. Feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt nearly every day
8. Decreased ability to think or concentrate
9. Recurrent thoughts of death and/or recurrent suicidal thoughts
10. Psychomotor agitation nearly everyday
11. Mental Breakdowns shown by extreme anxiety, worry and stress

Other Criteria for Diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder:

1. The symptoms do not meet criteria for a Mixed Episode of Bipolar Disorder.
2. The symptoms cause significant impairment in everyday social functions, occupation or other areas of normal everyday life.
3. The symptoms are not caused by the physiological effects of substance abuse or another medical condition (i.e. hypothyroidism, schizophrenia, brain trauma, etc).
4. The symptoms are not associated with the grieving of a lost loved one.

Mental Breakdown


A mental breakdown can occur when things seem to become overwhelming and the stress/pressure is just oo much to handle. They can manifest with a variety of symptoms but people most often experience extreme anxiety, agitation, nervousness, insomnia and more. Individuals with mental illnesses, especially Major Depressive Disorder, are at an increased risk for experiencing a mental breakdown.

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