AUTONOMOUS DEPRESSION

1. a major depressive episode that that may come on suddenly, but lack an identifiable obvious psychosocial stressor. See also endogenous depression. 2. an historical, obsolete name for depression characterized by agitation and self-criticism.

AUTONOMOUS DEPRESSION: "The person showing signs of autonomous depression may have experienced a rapid-onset of sadness."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "AUTONOMOUS DEPRESSION," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/autonomous-depression/ (accessed December 11, 2019).
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