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Depression is a mental disorder, the main features of which are: a decrease in mood (hypothymia), a negative, pessimistic assessment of oneself, one’s position in the surrounding reality, one’s future.

Along with this, depression is often accompanied by inhibition, a decrease in the motivations for activity, dysfunctions in the work of many organs and systems (cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, etc.).

Depression aggravates the manifestation, aggravates the course of any physical illness and complicates its treatment. Significant difficulties are associated with the problem of depression in psychiatry, narcology.

The concept of "depression" includes a wide range of psychopathological manifestations, differing in biological structure, in the severity and duration of disorders.

In the previous classification of depressions, they stood out within the framework of mental diseases (manic-depressive psychosis, schizophrenia, psychogenia, etc.).

In accordance with the clinical manifestations, the main types of depression were determined: simple (melancholic, anxious, apathetic) and complex (depression with delusions).

Among the classic signs of depression can be identified such as anxiety, guilt, suicidal manifestations, disturbances of the diurnal rhythm (mood swings during the day with the most bad state of health in the morning and a slight improvement in the afternoon and evening), anxiety, intellectual and motor inhibition, apathy , dysphoria (gloominess, bitterness, quarreliness, demonstrative behavior and claims to others), anhedonia (loss of the sense of pleasure, inability to experience joy, pleasure, accompanying ayuscheesya feeling of mental discomfort).

According to the modern classification (ICD - 10), the main options are the course of depression: the only depressive episode, recurrent (recurrent) depression, bipolar disorders (change of depressive and manic phases), cyclothymia, dysthymia. According to the severity of depression are divided into light, moderate and severe.

In addition to the above manifestations, depressions are accompanied by general somatic symptoms: weakness, arthralgia (pain in the joints), difficulty breathing, rapid heartbeat, weight loss, abdominal pain, insomnia, myalgia (muscle pain), chest pain, decreased appetite, constipation, rapid urination.

Depression is one of the ever-present states of mental patients. Depression is observed in patients with oncological pathology, coronary artery disease, endocrinological diseases (diabetes mellitus, thyroid lesions), in surgical practice (pre- and postoperative depression).

A group of seasonal depressions, depressions of late age, reactive (psychogenic) depressions occurring under the adverse effects of psychosocial stress, and psychological trauma are also highlighted.
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