Encyclopedia of Public Health

2008 Edition
| Editors: Wilhelm Kirch

Recurrent Depressive Disorder

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-5614-7_2948

Definition

A recurrent depressive disorder is characterized by repeated episodes of depression. The first  depressive episode may occur at any age from childhood to old age, the onset may be either acute or insidious, and the duration varies from a few weeks to many months.

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