Lower optimal cut-offs scores and lower sensitivity have been reported when minor depression
disorders were included (Chaudron et al.
Consequences of major and minor depression
in later life: a study of disability, well-being and service utilization.
For example, zero to low numbers of depressive symptoms would be considered indicative of no depression, medium numbers of depressive symptoms might signal the presence of subthreshold or minor depression
, and high numbers of depressive symptoms often correlate with major depression in individuals.
is a mood disorder lasting at least two weeks, with similar but milder symptoms than clinical depression.
They write, "Clinicians should be aware that minor depression
is related more to the patient's current medical condition and will resolve son after discharge in two-thirds of cases) especially in those of younger age may be driven more by an "inherent vulnerability" and less likely to resolve after hospital discharge, consideration should be given to treatment.
Participants in the study who had either minor depression
or major depressive disorder had blood levels of vitamin D that were 14% lower than those who were not depressed.
In terms of minor depression
the non-CFS group (34, 20.
Results: Researchers found that levels of 25(OH)D were 14% lower in 169 persons with minor depression
and 14% lower in 26 persons with major depressive disorder compared with levels in 1087 control individuals.
In another prospective study, 87 male and female depressed medical inpatients (diagnosed with major or minor depression
using the Diagnostic Interview Schedule) were identified and followed up for an average of 47 weeks after discharge.
You just don't meet the criteria for Minor Depression
Patients with depressive symptoms that exceeded the cutoff screening score but did not satisfy the DSM-III definition for a current disorder were considered to have minor depression
Human studies of DHEA supplementation to restore normal levels are promising: for example, a recent small but careful study, not in persons with HIV, found that DHEA was an effective treatment for midlife-onset major and minor depression
in both men and women .