Wednesday , July 6 2022

6 Signs of Melancholic Depression

Hey, Psych2goers! This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week! To acknowledge this, we wanted to post a video about melancholic depression to help raise awareness.

So, have you heard of the term “Malanchonic Depression”? Today, the DSM recognizes melancholic depression as a subtype of depression rather than a separate diagnosis. The diagnosis for someone experiencing the distinct symptoms of melancholia is known as melancholic major depressive disorder (MDD). Also, as a disclaimer, this video is dor educational purposes only. Please do not self diagnose. If you want to learn more about depression, you can also check out our video on concealed depression:

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Writer: Allison Ikenouye
Script Editor: Isadora Ho
Script Manager: Kelly Soong
VO: Amanda Silvera
Animator: Marissa Maldonado
YouTube Manager: Cindy Cheong

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Fraser, I. A. (2017). A short look at the etymology of melancholia. Boston College, 3, 1-3.

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Schimelpfening, N. (2020, Mar 24). An overview of diurnal mood variation. Very Well Mind. Retrieved from

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