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Critical Depression--A Real Diagnosis?


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I am putting this in chit chat b/c it is not directly related to dysautonomia.

A friend of a friend and her son have recently been diagnosed with "Critical Depression". This is after 2 years of mystery symptoms that seem to affect many different bodily functions and systems. I am not familiar with all of their symptoms, but apparently tachycardia is one of them. They did have dysautonomia supposedly ruled out.

They have been diagnosed by a specialist in the Boston area and told this is a rare condition that requires hospitalization. They are both in treatment and improving.

I have never heard of this diagnosis, however, nor can I find it at all when I google it. I was wondering if anyone has ever been diagnosed with this enroute to a correct diagnosis of dysautonomia, or otherwise heard of it. I am skeptical after my experiences with doctors misdiagnosing me with mental illnesses of all sorts!

Thanks!

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Critical Depression is not in the DSM-IV. Depression itself is not an illness one should overlook.

Signs of depression include changes in sleep, interest, guilt or hopelesness, energy, concentration, appetite. Also a sign ( something observered, not reported by the patient ) is psychomotor agitation or retardation and lastly suicidality. Look for 5/9 with a depressed-sad, blue, or unhappy mood most of the day more days than not for 2 weeks minimum. Obviously suicidality is the most serious symptom, and one should see a psychiatrist for depression of suicidality.

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Potluck--thanks for the information. This family was told that their physical symptoms, including immuno-suppression and other disabling physical symptoms. were caused by this condition called critical depression. I don't have full information but it just does not sound right to me and seems odd that I can't find anything about this diagnosis when I search for it. Anyway it is of particular interest to me b/c their symptoms have in some ways seemed like dysautonomia and I am always suspicious of psychiatric diagnoses for physical symptoms since I have had my experience with misdiagnosis as have so many others with POTS.

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I agree! They have been searching for diagnosis for over a year and their symptoms are quite disabling. I am really puzzled that this was all that could be come up with after an exhaustive search and being seen by many doctors. They are on some sort of medication to treat this "critical depression" now and are apparently improving.

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