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Diagnostic criteria for 296.3x Major Depressive Disorder, Recurrent

These criteria are obsolete.

DSM Criteria
DSM Version
DSM IV - TR
DSM Criteria

A. Presence of two or more Major Depressive Episodes
Note: To be considered separate episodes, there must be an interval of at least 2 consecutive months in which criteria are not met for a Major Depressive Episode. 

B. The Major Depressive Episodes are not better accounted for by Schizoaffective Disorder and are not superimposed on SchizophreniaSchizophreniform DisorderDelusional Disorder, or Psychotic Disorder Not Otherwise Specified. 

C. There has never been a Manic Episode, a Mixed Episode, or a Hypomanic Episode. Note: This exclusion does not apply if all of the manic-like, mixed-like, or hypomanic-like episodes are substance or treatment induced or are due to the direct physiological effects of a general medical condition. 

Specify (for current or most recent episode): 

Severity/Psychotic/Remission Specifiers 
Chronic 
With Catatonic Features 
With Melancholic Features
With Atypical Features 
With Postpartum Onset 

Specify

Longitudinal Course Specifiers (With and Without Interepisode Recovery)
With Seasonal Pattern

Reprinted with permission from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision. Copyright 2000 American Psychiatric Association

DSM Version
DSM IV
DSM Criteria

A. Presence of two or more Major Depressive Episodes
Note: To be considered separate episodes, there must be an interval of at least 2 consecutive months in which criteria are not met for a Major Depressive Episode. 

B. The Major Depressive Episodes are not better accounted for by Schizoaffective Disorder and are not superimposed on SchizophreniaSchizophreniform DisorderDelusional Disorder, or Psychotic Disorder Not Otherwise Specified. 

C. There has never been a Manic Episode, a Mixed Episode, or a Hypomanic Episode. Note: This exclusion does not apply if all of the manic-like, mixed-like, or hypomanic-like episodes are substance or treatment induced or are due to the direct physiological effects of a general medical condition. 

Specify (for current or most recent episode): 

Severity/Psychotic/Remission Specifiers 
Chronic 
With Catatonic Features 
With Melancholic Features
With Atypical Features 
With Postpartum Onset 

Specify

Longitudinal Course Specifiers (With and Without Interepisode Recovery)
With Seasonal Pattern

Reprinted with permission from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition. Copyright 1994 American Psychiatric Association