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), reactive depression (neurotic) (300.4), and psychotic (298.0). This applies to any condition classifiable to 296.2 stated to be recurrent.

Major Depression Definition and Symptoms

Major depression is a mood disorder which causes a constant feeling of sadness. This sadness usually interferes with daily life. Causes of depression can range, but the most common are hormones, brain chemistry, biological differences, and life events. Symptoms of depression can be anxiety, sleep disturbances, loss of interest, fatigue, frequent thoughts of death, changes in appetite, and unexplained physical problems.