Characteristic Positive Evaluation(*) Minor depression
group (n=59) Age 18-54 26 (67) [greater than or equal to] 55 13 (33) Relationship problem yes 27 (75) no 9 (25) Major depression group (n=49) Age 18-54 28 (78) [greater than or equal to] 55 8 (22) Relationship problem yes 26 (72) no 10 (28) Characteristic Negative Evaluation(*) P[dagger] Minor depression
group (n=59) Age .60 18-54 7 (58) [greater than or equal to] 55 5 (42) Relationship problem .07 yes 5 (45) no 6 (54) Major depression group (n=49) Age .15 18-54 3 (50) [greater than or equal to] 55 3 (50) Relationship problem .07 yes 4 (67) no 2 (33)
Differences between the groups were not significant, and the mean scores were in the mildly depressed range, confirming that these subjects had minor depression
The terminology of so-called "minor depression
" generally is shunned, in part because it might wrongly connote low severity and therefore discourage treatment--even though it confers more than a 5-fold increase in risk of MDD.
Depression caseness included major and minor depression
disorders and episodes, as well as dysthymia.
The critiqued Rapaport study revealed that SJW was no more effective than placebo (and the antidepressant citalopram) in treating minor depression
in a sample of 73 participants.
(4) Beekman et al (5) reported that both major and minor depression
were associated with disability.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, there are multiple forms of depression, including major depressive disorder, dysthymic disorder, minor depression
, psychotic depression, postpartum depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
Subthreshold or minor depression
has been found to be associated with fewer numbers of depressive symptoms than major depression, but greater levels of functional impairment (Karsten, Hartman, Ormel, Nolen, & Penninx, 2010), and may easily go undetected in men.
The researchers measured depression in three different ways: having a PHQ-9 score of 10 or greater (indicating moderate to major depression); scoring 2-3 points on five of the items (considered major depression), and scoring 2 or more points on three or four of the items (considered minor depression
In a rare admission from the generally conservative National Institute of Mental Health, their conclusion was, "We find DHEA to be an effective treatment for midlife-onset major and minor depression
This found that those with major or minor depression
had an increased risk of mortality, compared to those with only diabetes; the former group having a death rate of 13.6 percent compared to 8.6 percent for the latter group over the three-year period.
The findings of the analysis revealed that death rates were up to 25 per cent higher for patients who experienced depressive symptoms, and up to 39 per cent higher among patients diagnosed with major or minor depression
. The study was recently published in the journal Cancer.The research team considered whether people become depressed because they are sick with cancer, or whether cancer claims lives more often when patients suffer from depression independent of the cancer."That's the million-dollar question," Satin acknowledged, adding, "Even after correcting for that, we still see the positive relationship between depression predicting mortality."Satin remarked that the results prove the link is significant.