ICD-9 Diagnosis Code 296.34

Rec depr psych-psychotic

Diagnosis Code 296.34

ICD-9: 296.34
Short Description: Rec depr psych-psychotic
Long Description: Major depressive affective disorder, recurrent episode, severe, specified as with psychotic behavior
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code 296.34

Code Classification
  • Mental disorders (290–319)
    • Other psychoses (295-299)
      • 296 Affective psychoses

Information for Medical Professionals

Information for Patients


Also called: Clinical depression, Dysthymic disorder, Major depressive disorder, Unipolar depression

Depression is a serious medical illness that involves the brain. It's more than just a feeling of being "down in the dumps" or "blue" for a few days. If you are one of the more than 20 million people in the United States who have depression, the feelings do not go away. They persist and interfere with your everyday life. Symptoms can include

  • Sadness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy
  • Change in weight
  • Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping
  • Energy loss
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Depression is a disorder of the brain. There are a variety of causes, including genetic, environmental, psychological, and biochemical factors. Depression usually starts between the ages of 15 and 30, and is much more common in women. Women can also get postpartum depression after the birth of a baby. Some people get seasonal affective disorder in the winter. Depression is one part of bipolar disorder.

There are effective treatments for depression, including antidepressants and talk therapy. Most people do best by using both.

NIH: National Institute of Mental Health

  • Depression
  • Depression - elderly
  • Depression - stopping your medicines
  • Dysthymia
  • Heart disease and depression
  • Learning about depression
  • Major depression
  • Major depression with psychotic features


Psychotic Disorders

Also called: Psychoses

Psychotic disorders are severe mental disorders that cause abnormal thinking and perceptions. People with psychoses lose touch with reality. Two of the main symptoms are delusions and hallucinations. Delusions are false beliefs, such as thinking that someone is plotting against you or that the TV is sending you secret messages. Hallucinations are false perceptions, such as hearing, seeing, or feeling something that is not there.

Schizophrenia is one type of psychotic disorder. People with bipolar disorder may also have psychotic symptoms. Other problems that can cause psychosis include alcohol and some drugs, brain tumors, brain infections, and stroke.

Treatment depends on the cause of the psychosis. It might involve drugs to control symptoms and talk therapy. Hospitalization is an option for serious cases where a person might be dangerous to himself or others.

  • Brief psychotic disorder
  • Hallucinations
  • Major depression with psychotic features
  • Mental status testing
  • Psychosis
  • Schizoaffective disorder

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