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Major depression refers to a persistent, chronic state in which the person feels he or she has no worth, cannot function normally, and entertains thoughts of or attempts suicide; a state of feeling sad, helpless, and lacking in energy and pleasure for weeks at a time

Major depressive disorder or MDD refers to a mood disorder in which the person is suffering from one or more intense episodes of depression.

Major depressive disorder, recurrent refers to a mood disorder involving multiple (separated by at least 2 months without depression) major depressive episodes .

Major depressive episode refers to the most common and severe experience of depression, including feelings of worthlessness, disturbances in bodily activities such as sleep, loss of interest, and inability to experience pleasure, persisting at least two (2) weeks. Major depressive episode is also defined as a period in which the individual experiences intense psychological and physical symptoms related to a Dysphoric mood .

Major life activities refer to functions such as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning , and working.

Major minerals refer to dietary minerals including calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, sodium, chloride, and magnesium.

Major Mood disorders refer to types/kinds of disorders marked by lasting extremes of Mood or Emotion and sometimes accompanied by psychotic symptoms.

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