Symptoms That Meet Criteria For Persistent Depressive Disorder ( Pdd ) Essay

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Case #1: Jim Diagnostic Impressions 300.4 (F34.1) Persistent Depressive Disorder, moderate, late onset, with pure dysthymic syndrome V62.5 (Z65.0) Conviction in Civil or Criminal Proceedings Without Imprisonment V61.03 (Z63.5) Disruption of Family by Separation or Divorce Diagnostic Evidence Jim is describing symptoms that meet criteria for persistent depressive disorder (PDD). In specific, he described symptoms that allow Criterion A, which requires the presence of a depressed mood for at least two years (American Psychiatric Association [APA], 2013), to be met. He reported that he is mildly depressed. Such depression, as described, started approximately five years ago when he “ran out of steam.” Since then, he has experienced various associated symptoms, such as irritability, hypersomnia, and weight gain, which allow Criterion B (i.e., the presence of two or more associated symptoms; APA, 2013) to be met. Criterion C requires that symptoms not remit for more than two months during the two-year period (APA, 2013), and Criterion D requires that the symptoms be continuously present for at least two years (APA, 2013). His symptoms were described as occurring constantly during the past five years, thus allowing Criteria C and D to be met. Because he did not report the presence of mania, hypomania, or psychosis, Criteria E (i.e., the disturbance is not better explained by a bipolar disorder; APA, 2013) and F (i.e., the disturbance is not better explained by a psychotic

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