Mood disorder due to a general medical condition is defined by the DSM is a more general category of mood disorders that are caused by a medical condition. This disorder is described as having at least one of the following:
- depressed mood or significantly diminished interest or pleasure in all, or almost all, activities
- elevated, expansive, or irritated mood
To use this diagnosis there must be proof that the medical condition directly caused the mood disorder.
This diagnosis is not used when a person develops a mood disorder due to the stress associated with the medical condition.
This diagnosis is not used when the mood disorder is only found during delirium.
To meet clinical standards these symptoms also must cause significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.
The condition is also not caused or explained due to effects of drugs or medication
|Mood disorders as diagnosed by the DSM edit|
|Mood episodes: Major depressive episode • Manic episode • Mixed episode • Hypomanic episode|