F33.2: Recurrent depressive disorder, current episode severe without psychotic symptoms

You have recurrent depression.

Depression is a mental illness. With recurrent depression you have several depressive periods in your life. These periods can vary in length and severity. A number of different physical and mental causes have so far been found for depression. These causes may include a lack of certain hormones in the brain or stressful life events.

When you have depression, your mood is often very low over a long period of time. People with depression feel very low, for example, and cannot enjoy things as they used to. They may also feel listless or exhausted and find everyday activities harder than before. They can also lose interest in things they enjoyed before. They may also be finding it harder to concentrate and they may have lost confidence in themselves. Depression can also cause physical symptoms. This means you can no longer sleep very well, for example, or that you have lost your appetite.

The more severe the depression, the more symptoms you have. You have severe depression. You have had one or more depressive periods in your life before.

Additional indicator

On medical documents, the ICD code is often appended by letters that indicate the diagnostic certainty or the affected side of the body.

  • G: Confirmed diagnosis
  • V: Tentative diagnosis
  • Z: Condition after
  • A: Excluded diagnosis
  • L: Left
  • R: Right
  • B: Both sides

Further information


This information is not intended for self-diagnosis and does not replace professional medical advice from a doctor. If you find an ICD code on a personal medical document, please also note the additional indicator used for diagnostic confidence.
Your doctor will assist you with any health-related questions and explain the ICD diagnosis code to you in a direct consultation if necessary.


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