Recurrent brief depression

Recurrent brief depression (RBD) defines a mental disorder characterized by intermittent depressive episodes, not related to menstrual cycles in women, occurring between approximately 6–12 times per year, over at least one year or more fulfilling the diagnostic criteria for major depressive episodes (DSM-IV and ICD-10) except for duration which in RBD is less than 14 days, typically 5–7 days.


Cluster Number:
Wiki Number: PW183
Diagnosis: Recurrent Brief Depression
US Patients:
World Patients: 2.6-10% (Unfortuately, whether these were percentages of depression sufferers or of the general population was not clarified.)
Sex Ratio:
Age Onset:
Brain Area: temporal lobe epilepsy for a small portion.
Symptoms: Typically 5-7 days, 6-12 X per year, (not linked with menstrual periods) with impared function and ideas of suicide. Poor sleep;
Progression: may include “somatic syndrome” pain, poor sleep, muscular weakness, etc.; or psychotic symptoms
Causes: genetic factors; may relate to bipolar disorders.
Medications: lithium, SSRIs, mood stabilizers
Therapies: None listed.


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