F39 Diagnostic Criteria

Unspecified mood (affective) disorder criteria. As an affective experience of sadness, it is common to all humans as a symptom, it is present in several mental and physical illnesses and, as a syndrome, it is associated with specific mental and physical disorders. The prototype of the syndromal entity of depressive disorders is the depressive episode (DE) in ICD-10 and the corresponding major depressive episode (MD) in DSM-IV. In both systems, it serves as the qualifying yardstick for all the...