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Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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Psychotic depression: Types, Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis

Author(s): Malison Willie

Psychotic depression, also referred to as depressive psychosis, may be a major depressive episode that's amid psychotic symptoms. It can occur within the context of manic depression or major clinical depression. It are often difficult to differentiate from schizoaffective disorder, a diagnosis that needs the presence of psychotic symptoms for a minimum of fortnight with none mood symptoms present. Unipolar depressive disorder requires that the psychotic features occur only during episodes of major depression. Diagnosis using the DSM-5 involves meeting the standards for a serious depressive episode, alongside the standards for "mood-congruent or mood-incongruent psychotic features" specifier.


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