Minor depressive disorder

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Minor depressive disorder, also known as minor depression, is a mood disorder that does not meet full criteria for major depressive disorder but in which at least two depressive symptoms are present for two weeks.[1] It is listed in the fourth revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) as an example of a Depressive Disorder Not Otherwise Specified.

Minor depressive disorder can occur in a single episode or recurring episodes. In order for minor depressive disorder recurring episodes to be diagnosed, there must be at least a two-month period between episodes with no symptoms of major depressive disorder present. [2]


Despite the fact that minor depressive disorder is commonly diagnosed, the benefit of treatments for this disorder isn’t clear-cut, however, treatments are still available. [3] Minor depressive disorder may be treated with therapy or prescription antidepressants.[medical citation needed] Some common anti-depressants prescribed are; Anafranil, Asendin, Brintellix, Celexa, Emsam, Fetzima, Norpramin, Prozac, Sarafen and Zoloft. [4]


  1. ^ [non-primary source needed] Rapaport MH, Judd LL, Schettler PJ, Yonkers KA, Thase ME, Kupfer DJ, Frank E, Plewes JM, Tollefson GD, Rush AJ. (2002) A descriptive analysis of minor depression. Am J Psychiatry. Apr;159(4):637-43. doi:10.1176/appi.ajp.159.4.637 PMID 11925303
  2. ^ "Depressive Disorder Coding and Diagnostic Criteria" (PDF). www.cqaimh.org. American Psychiatric Association. Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Oxman, T., & Sengupta, A. (2002). Treatment of Minor Depression. American Journal of Geriatr Psychiatry.
  4. ^ Goldberg, J. (2014, January 14). Depression Medications. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/depression/depression-medications-antidepressants