Definitions for "Major depressive episode"
At least two weeks of depressed mood with at least four additional symptoms of depression which can include changes in appetite, weight, sleep, or psychomotor activity, fatigue, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, difficulty thinking, and recurrent thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts.
When 5 or more symptoms of depression are present during the same 2-week period and at least one of the symptoms is depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure.
A period of depression whereby the individual is unable to go about their daily life. Approximately half of those who have one major depressive episode will develop another. See major depressive disorder.