It is possible to experience a form of depression that does not fit the criteria to be classified as any of the previously described afflictions. These cases are labeled as unspecified depressive disorders. There are several specifiers that can be added to the diagnosis for improved clarity, one of which is atypical features.
Unspecified depressive disorder with atypical features is primarily identified by a positive mood change in response to positive events or the potential for their occurrence. To receive this diagnosis, two of four other potential symptoms must be present: weight gain/appetite increase, oversleeping, heavy feelings in limbs and functional or social impairment due to extreme emotional sensitivity.
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