Psychologists challenge one-size-fits-all definition of 'major depression'

They say it should be broken down into 12 separate disorders

An international group of psychologists are calling for a major overhaul of the way depression is diagnosed and treated.

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They say it would be better managed if it were seen as 12 separate disorders.

"We argue that depression is not a single disease. It is a heterogeneous syndrome, with patients differing remarkably in symptom profile, pathophysiology and treatment responsiveness," says Severi Luoto, a PhD candidate in evolutionary psychology at the University of Auckland

The 12 suggested subtypes, published in journal Brain, Behaviour, and Immunity

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