atypical depression


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atypical depression

(1) A subtype of major depression which is characterised by retention of mood reactivity (the ability to respond positively to positive events), in contrast to those with "melancholy", who cannot.
(2) A rarely used synonym for panic disorder.

atypical depression

Panic disorder, see there.

atypical depression

Abbreviation: AD
A form of depression in which overeating and oversleeping are commonly observed, often but not exclusively in association with leaden paralysis, extreme sensitivity to interpersonal rejection, and highly reactive moods. The condition typically has an earlier age of onset than typical depression, is more likely to affect women than men, and shares some features with bipolar disorder.
See also: depression
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Phenelzine versus imipramine in the treatment of probable atypical depression: defining syndrome boundaries of selective maoi responders.
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Particular interest in this construct grew from studies that suggested that atypical depression is more responsive to a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) than to a TCA, but also that SSRIs are not dearly superior to MAOI.s.(17) Response to ECT might also be better in atypical than in typical depression.(18)
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Concerns about side effects--primarily hypertensive crisis--and dietary restrictions have lead many clinicians to curtail their use of MAOls, but increased knowledge of these drugs can help psychiatrists reconsider this treatment option, particularly for patients with atypical depression.
Those patients could benefit from using monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors, since those drugs are most effective in atypical depression or hysteroid dysphoria, which often occurs with irritability, sensitivity to rejection, loneliness, anger, and eating and sleeping too much.
Less-frequent diagnoses in the arrest group included atypical depression (five subjects), schizophrenia or borderline personality disorder (three subjects each), and schizophreniform disorder, bipolar affective disorder, or major depression (two subjects each).
Connor of Duke University in Durham, N.C., reported positive results in the open-label phase of a trial evaluating modafinil for atypical depression.
Many psychiatrists equate atypical depression with conditions such as hyperphagia and hypersomnia.
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