Severity is a term that is used to describe how significant an event such as a mood episode has affected someone.
Severity specifiers in the DSM
The DSM uses three levels of severity to describe the following mood episodes:
- Mild - Only the minimum amount of symptoms are experienced for the episode (see the description for the type of episode) and these symptoms cause only minor impairment in occupational function, social activities, or relationships with others.
- Moderate - The symptoms are more significant that mild but not as serious as severe.
- Severe - Several more symptoms occur beyond the basic minimum for the specific episode, and these symptoms significantly interfere with occupational function, social activities, or relationships with others. An episode is also considered severe if the person experiences delusions or hallucinations (see Psychotic features)
|Mood disorders as diagnosed by the DSM edit|
|Mood episodes: Major depressive episode • Manic episode • Mixed episode • Hypomanic episode|