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Normal” Depression? ” In the very first section I posed the question, What is normal mood? and answered that a good or happy mood is not the only normal mood. ) Now that we have talked about abnormal depression—the mood disorder called major depression—a reasonable question to consider is: Can there really be such a thing as “normal depression”? Let’s examine this question by considering another case: ■ Patty is a fourteen-year-old high school student who came to my office with her mother. ” Patty’s mother was an animated woman and impressed me as a “take charge” type of person who wanted the best for her family and would leave no stone unturned to get it.

Rather, they are able to shake off their sadness for a time during the day and enjoy some pleasurable activity. They can go to a movie and forget their troubles for a few hours or take a drive in the country and come back refreshed. A depression ■ 21 person in the midst of the depression of affective disorder, however, cannot escape from a continuous, pervasive change in mood that is simply unrelenting. The mood is consistently the same—miserable. Some little pleasure or happy accident during the day that ordinarily would cheer the sufferer just falls flat.

What was my diagnosis of Patty’s problem? In the latest version of the classification of psychiatric problems of the American Psychiatric Association, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), Patty would be said to be suffering from an adjustment disorder with depressed mood. The key features of this diagnosis are that there is an identifiable stressor (the stress in this case is social change and disruption of relationships) and that there is some impairment of functioning.

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