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Remission is a term that is used to describe when symptoms decrease or stop.

Remission specifiers in the DSMEdit

The DSM describes two types of remission for mood episodes:

  • Full remission - A period of 2 months or more when no symptoms of the disorder are present
  • Partial remission - If some symptoms are present, but not enough to meet the criteria for a full-fledged mood episode. This is also used for a period of time under 2 months where there are no symptoms of the disorder.


Mood disorders as diagnosed by the DSM edit
Mood episodes: Major depressive episode Manic episode Mixed episode Hypomanic episode

Depressive disorders: Major depressive disorder Dysthymic disorder Depressive disorder NOS (PMDD)

Bipolar disorders: Bipolar I disorder Bipolar II disorder Cyclothymic disorder Bipolar disorder NOS

Other mood disorders: Mood disorder due to a general medical condition Substance-induced mood disorder Mood disorder NOS

Episode specifiers: Severity Psychotic Remission Chronic Catatonic Melancholic Atypical Postpartum

Course specifiers: Longitudinal Seasonal (SAD) Rapid cycling

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