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Recurrent brief depression

Recurrent brief depression

Recurrent brief depression (RBD)are depressive episodes. Despite the short duration of the depressive episodes, such episodes are severe and suicidal ideation and impaired function is rather common.

Symptoms usually are of anxiety and increased irritability.

Hypersomnia is also rather frequent. About 1/2 of patients fulfilling diagnostic criteria for RBD may have additional short episodes of brief hypomania which is a severity marker of RBD. RBD may be the only mental disorder present, but RBD may also occur as part of a history of recurrent major depressive episodes or bipolar disorders. RBD is also seen among some patients with personality disorders.

The cause of this disorder unknown.

Both psychotherapy as well as different drugs have been used for treatments.


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