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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A remarkable finding of our study was the observation of the highest HDRS scores in the patients with double depression and the lowest scores in the patients with pure dysthymia.
The data reported by Keller cover treatment for 89 individuals with chronic major depression and 123 with double depression. Most had attended college, yet about 30 percent had no job.
Sometimes, women with dysthymia also suffer from episodes of major depression, a condition known as double depression.