Major Depressive Disorder

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What is Major Depressive Disorder?

Major depressive disorder, also known as clinical depression, is marked by depressed mood, inactivity, lack of interest, insomnia, feelings of worthlessness, diminished ability to think, and may include thoughts of suicide.

Common symptoms reported by people with Major Depressive Disorder

Common symptoms
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Treatments taken by people with Major Depressive Disorder

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
552
Tried for
Major Depressive Disorder (498) Depressed mood (121)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
530
Tried for
Major Depressive Disorder (484) Depressed mood (93)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
467
Tried for
Major Depressive Disorder (461) Depressed mood (11)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
426
Tried for
Major Depressive Disorder (394) Depressed mood (79)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
417
Tried for
Major Depressive Disorder (379) Depressed mood (82)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
400
Tried for
Major Depressive Disorder (375) Depressed mood (78)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
390
Tried for
Major Depressive Disorder (349) Depressed mood (84)
5 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
282
Tried for
Major Depressive Disorder (245) Depressed mood (59)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
237
Tried for
Anxious mood (215) Insomnia (23)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
158
Tried for
Insomnia (140) Major Depressive Disorder (27)
5 more

Data from patients with Major Depressive Disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with Major Depressive Disorder

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Major Depressive Disorder (186 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Weight gain 124 more
How many evaluations
291
Tried for
Major Depressive Disorder (498) Depressed mood (121)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for Major Depressive Disorder (206 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Nausea 115 more
How many evaluations
278
Tried for
Major Depressive Disorder (484) Depressed mood (93)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for Major Depressive Disorder (102 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Anger 17 more
How many evaluations
128
Tried for
Major Depressive Disorder (461) Depressed mood (11)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for Major Depressive Disorder (171 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Fatigue 114 more
How many evaluations
213
Tried for
Major Depressive Disorder (394) Depressed mood (79)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for Major Depressive Disorder (171 evaluations)
Side effects
Sex drive (libido) decreased Weight gain 89 more
How many evaluations
223
Tried for
Major Depressive Disorder (379) Depressed mood (82)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for Major Depressive Disorder (158 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Weight gain 116 more
How many evaluations
195
Tried for
Major Depressive Disorder (375) Depressed mood (78)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for Major Depressive Disorder (139 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Anxious mood 96 more
How many evaluations
199
Tried for
Major Depressive Disorder (349) Depressed mood (84)
5 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for Major Depressive Disorder (113 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Sex drive (libido) decreased 78 more
How many evaluations
159
Tried for
Major Depressive Disorder (245) Depressed mood (59)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (103 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Sleepiness 40 more
How many evaluations
130
Tried for
Anxious mood (215) Insomnia (23)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (70 evaluations)
Side effects
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) Drugged feeling 42 more
How many evaluations
77
Tried for
Insomnia (140) Major Depressive Disorder (27)
5 more

Data from patients with Major Depressive Disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Major Depressive Disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 228
20s 2,405
30s 3,514
40s 4,010
50s 3,347
60s 1,310
70+ 185

Gender

Distribution of females vs. males

77% Females
23% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 3,904
20-29 years 1,546
30-39 years 1,048
40-49 years 566
50-59 years 186
60-69 years 18
70+ years 2

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 11,145
Not Diagnosed 1,960

These charts show data from Major Depressive Disorder patients who have completed their condition history
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