involutional depression


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Related to involutional depression: involutional melancholia
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Noun1.involutional depression - a major depressive episode associated with the climacteric
major depressive episode - (psychiatry) a state of depression with all the classic symptoms (anhedonia and lethargy and sleep disturbance and despondency and morbid thoughts and feelings of worthlessness and sometimes attempted suicide) but with no known organic dysfunction
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In a book filled with pseudo-information and endlessly re-routed mechanisms of communication, the section is unusual for its unambiguous didacticism: Wallace unpacks, though maintaining a characteristic ludic inflection, the meaning of two distinct kinds of depression: "anhedonia or simple melancholy" (692) and 'clinical depression or involutional depression or unipolar dysphoria' (695).