Billable Medical Code for Major Depressive Disorder Recurrent Episode
Diagnosis Code for Reimbursement Claim: ICD-9-CM 296.3
Code will be replaced by October 2015 and relabeled as ICD-10-CM 296.3.
This excludes circular type if previous attack was of manic type (296.5), depression NOS (311), and psychotic (298.0). This applies to any condition classifiable to 296.2 stated to be recurrent.
MDD Definition and Symptoms
MDD stands for major depression disorder, which is a mood disorder that causes a person to feel extremely sad, longely, or angry for weeks or longer. This condition affects normal day to day life in the person affected. Some of the most common causes of depression are alcohol or drug abuse, sleeping problems, stressful life events, or certain medical conditions. Symptoms include anger, isolation, feeling of hopeless and helplessness, guilt, suicidal thoughts, trouble sleeping, and trouble concentrating.