Summary of a Category Depressive Disorders

DSM-5-TR Summaries Assignments (SLO#1) (10% of total grade for this paper)

The student will have 1 sets of summaries to complete. Each of them will contain a 1-page summary of a category Depressive Disorders, In addition, each category should include the following headings: Overview, age-related factors, differential diagnosis, Disorders Risk, and Prognostic Factors.

DSM-5 Assignment Rubric:



  Criterion  Proficient 

20 points 

 Developing proficiency 

15 points 


5 points

  20 Points

Overview of diagnostic category

 Clearly describes how this diagnostic category fits in the DSM-5, e.g., Neurodevelopmental, Mood Disorder, etc. and what other subcategories of diagnoses are included and how they differ.  Provides general information but seems confused about how the diagnostic category fits in the DSM-5 framework and does not describe some subcategories of diagnosis.  Fails to describe how this diagnostic category fits in with the DSM-5 organization. In addition, it fails to tell us what diagnostic subcategories are included and how they differ.

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  20 Points


 Succinctly and accurately notes if there are age criteria for making this diagnosis and if there are specific developmental considerations in how symptoms may be expressed.  Addresses age criteria and developmental considerations without clarity or only with reminders.  Minimally address age criteria and developmental considerations.  
  20 Points

Differential Diagnosis

 Lists and briefly describes rule-out diagnoses that should be considered.  Acknowledges differential diagnosis. However, it does not support specific features.  Fails to address differential diagnosis considerations.  
  20 Points

Disorders Risk and Prognostic Factors.

 Describes the research findings regarding the course and outcome of the disorder over time. Uses APA 7th Edition to cite and reference the evidence.  Minimally describes research/clinical findings regarding course and outcome.  Fails to address research/clinical findings about disorder risk and prognostic factors over time.  

summary of a category Depressive Disorders

Depressive Disorders

Overview of Diagnostic Category Depressive Disorders are a group of mood disorders characterized by pervasive and persistent low mood that interferes with daily functioning. This diagnostic category falls under the umbrella of Mood Disorders in the DSM-5. Subcategories include Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD), Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), and Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder, among others. Each subcategory has specific criteria and duration requirements, distinguishing them from each other.

Age-Related/Developmental Diagnoses within the Depressive Disorders category do not have age criteria for making the diagnosis; however, there may be developmental considerations in how symptoms manifest. For instance, children and adolescents may exhibit irritability rather than sadness as a primary symptom, leading to diagnoses such as DMDD.

Differential Diagnosis Rule-out diagnoses for Depressive Disorders include Bipolar Disorders, Adjustment Disorders with Depressed Mood, Persistent Depressive Disorder due to another medical condition, and substance-induced mood disorder. It’s crucial to differentiate between these disorders to ensure appropriate treatment and management.

Disorders Risk and Prognostic Factors Research indicates that Depressive Disorders are associated with significant morbidity and mortality, including increased risk of suicide. Factors such as chronicity, severity, comorbid medical conditions, and psychosocial stressors contribute to the prognosis of the disorder. Early intervention and comprehensive treatment strategies, including psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy, can improve outcomes. (APA 7th Edition citation required)

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