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Depression in primary care: detection, diagnosis, and treatment. US Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Agency for Health Care Policy and Research.

Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of psychosocial nursing and mental health services
Publication Date
Jun 01, 1993
Volume
31
Issue
6
Pages
19–28
Identifiers
PMID: 8366481
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

1. About 15% of the general public will suffer from major depressive disorder sometime in their life, but fewer than one in three will be accurately diagnosed and treated. 2. About 10% to 15% or more of major depressive conditions are caused by general medical illnesses or other conditions. Generally, treat the associated condition first. If the depression persists after treatment, major depressive disorder should be diagnosed and treated. 3. In over 50% of depressed outpatients, antidepressant medication caused marked improvement or complete remission of their depressive symptoms. Several forms of short-term psychotherapy are effective for mild or moderate depression; combined treatment should be considered in certain situations.

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