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[Diagnostics and therapy of depression in the general practice].

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
MMW Fortschritte der Medizin
Publication Date
Volume
147 Spec No 2
Identifiers
PMID: 15968876
Source
Medline
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Abstract

Depressive disorders are commonly encountered by primary care practitioners. Some four million people in Germany suffer from depression. This disease, which is life-threatening primarily due to the suicide risk, is still often not recognized and, consequently, undertreated. Once diagnosed, depression can be treated successfully with antidepressants, cognitive behavior therapy/interpersonal psychotherapy or a combination of both. Newer, selective drugs are preferred when choosing a suitable antidepressant due to their better tolerability and lower toxicity. A synopsis of the diagnosis and therapeutic algorithm of depressive disorders as well as recommendations for referrals to a specialist or hospital for the primary care physician are provided.

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