Dimensionality and the category of major depressive episode.

  title={Dimensionality and the category of major depressive episode.},
  author={Gavin Andrews and Traolach S. Brugha and Michael E. Thase and Farifteh Firoozmand Duffy and Paola Rucci and Timothy Slade},
  journal={International journal of methods in psychiatric research},
  volume={16 Suppl 1},
Major depressive episode (MDE) is a chronic disease typified by episodes that remit and recur. It is a major contributor to the burden of disease. The diagnosis of a disorder is an expert opinion that the disorder is present. The nine symptoms of MDE exist on dimensions of greater or lesser intensity, persistence over time, change in usual state, distress and impairment. It is the clinician's task to judge whether the elicited symptoms warrant the diagnosis. The surprise is that trained… CONTINUE READING
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