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

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Treatments taken by people with Major Depressive Disorder

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Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
504
Tried for
Major Depressive Disorder (457) Depressed mood (102)
7 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
502
Tried for
Major Depressive Disorder (470) Depressed mood (66)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
402
Tried for
Major Depressive Disorder (362) Depressed mood (102)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
400
Tried for
Major Depressive Disorder (355) Depressed mood (105)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
398
Tried for
Major Depressive Disorder (394) Depressed mood (5)
5 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
351
Tried for
Major Depressive Disorder (317) Depressed mood (87)
5 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
332
Tried for
Major Depressive Disorder (317) Depressed mood (56)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
257
Tried for
Major Depressive Disorder (233) Anxious mood (50)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
234
Tried for
Anxious mood (221) Insomnia (20)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
167
Tried for
Insomnia (155) Major Depressive Disorder (23)
4 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 (190 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Weight gain 116 more
How many evaluations
269
Tried for
Major Depressive Disorder (457) Depressed mood (102)
7 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for Major Depressive Disorder (199 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Nausea 116 more
How many evaluations
230
Tried for
Major Depressive Disorder (470) Depressed mood (66)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for Major Depressive Disorder (176 evaluations)
Side effects
Sex drive (libido) decreased Nausea 103 more
How many evaluations
217
Tried for
Major Depressive Disorder (362) Depressed mood (102)
6 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for Major Depressive Disorder (184 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Weight gain 134 more
How many evaluations
216
Tried for
Major Depressive Disorder (355) Depressed mood (105)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for Major Depressive Disorder (95 evaluations)
Side effects
Depressed mood Stress 19 more
How many evaluations
118
Tried for
Major Depressive Disorder (394) Depressed mood (5)
5 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for Major Depressive Disorder (129 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Insomnia 85 more
How many evaluations
166
Tried for
Major Depressive Disorder (317) Depressed mood (87)
5 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for Major Depressive Disorder (153 evaluations)
Side effects
Sex drive (libido) decreased Headaches 73 more
How many evaluations
189
Tried for
Major Depressive Disorder (317) Depressed mood (56)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for Major Depressive Disorder (111 evaluations)
Side effects
Sex drive (libido) decreased Weight gain 70 more
How many evaluations
143
Tried for
Major Depressive Disorder (233) Anxious mood (50)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (105 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Sleepiness 49 more
How many evaluations
130
Tried for
Anxious mood (221) Insomnia (20)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (78 evaluations)
Side effects
Grogginess Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 34 more
How many evaluations
84
Tried for
Insomnia (155) Major Depressive Disorder (23)
4 more

Data from patients with Major Depressive Disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Slight
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  • Severe
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  • Mild
  • None

Who has Major Depressive Disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 270
20s 3,060
30s 4,847
40s 5,412
50s 4,296
60s 1,795
70+ 274

Sex

Distribution of sex

75% Female
25% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 4,444
20-29 years 1,748
30-39 years 1,178
40-49 years 649
50-59 years 198
60-69 years 24
70+ years 3

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 12,187
Not Diagnosed 2,004

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