Considerations on the ICD-11 classification of psychotic depression
Department of Psychiatry
Medical Subject Headings
Affective Disorders,; Psychotic; Depressive Disorder; Diagnosis, Differential; Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders; Disease Progression; Humans; *International Classification of Diseases; Male; Syndrome
Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology
Depression accompanied by psychotic symptoms is referred to as delusional or psychotic depression (PD). PD is classified as a subtype of severe unipolar depression/ severe depression in bipolar disorder in the two current major diagnostic systems, namely the 10th revision of the International Classification of Disease (ICD-10) and the 4th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV). We discuss the arguments in favour of and against classifying PD as a distinct syndrome under the affective disorders.