double depression


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Related to double depression: dysthymia
A psychiatric disorder characterised by major (clinical) depression superimposed on dysthymia—chronic depression dysthymic disorder—minor depression in which there is a subtext of hopelessness and loss of control over one’s life circumstances

double depression

Pop psychiatry Major depression superimposed on chronic depression. See Depression, Major depression.

double depression

An episode of major depression superimposed on dysthymic disorder.
See also: depression
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The diagnostic groups differed with regard to suicidal attempts as well, with the lowest rate involving the pure dysthymia group (16%) and the highest rate involving the double depression group (54%).
However to investigate whether the patients with persistent depression constituted a homogenous group in terms of socio-demographic and clinical variables, this group was divided into three sub-groups (dysthymia, double depression, chronic MD), two of which consisted of 20 patients.
These patients fell into two categories: those with depression and double depression on initial evaluation (active disease; n = 137) and those with dysthymia or sub-clinical symptoms (symptoms only; n = 129).