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Unspecified Depression

As its name implies, unspecified depression is a form of depression that does not fall into any general categories. The inability to label this kind of depression does not imply that it is somehow more serious; in fact, unspecified depression is often a less severe form of depression than identifiable forms. Some can be diagnosed with unspecified depression if they have been suffering with symptoms of depression long enough that it can be considered to be a dysthymic disorder (usually two years). What can become unspecified depression is a condition that was thought to have been related to a certain event, but enough time has passed since the event to rule this out.

The most effective treatment for unspecified depression is cognitive therapy, which focuses on dealing with the patient's belief system. Cognitive therapy is a technique that helps the patient understand his or her reasoning process, which produces the emotions that accompany depression. Medication may be used along with cognitive therapy, but in mild cases, it is not necessary. Hospitalization is required only in serious cases. Family or marital counseling might also be included in the treatment package if the depression seems to have been triggered by or is affecting a spouse or family members.

Since cognitive therapy has been shown to be an effective way of treating depression, prognosis for recovery from unspecified depression is very good as long as the patient stays with the treatment program long enough for significant improvement. Cognitive therapy is not as radical a cure as many others, and it might take more time to see results. However, those who have undergone this type of therapy usually have a much more positive attitude and are better able to control the way they process thoughts, emotions and events.