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The Management Of Depression


Tuesday, October 7th, 2008 The Management Of Depression

Depression is the fourth global burden of disease and the largest non-fatal burden of disease. Depression is very common and most patients will present and be managed in primary care. Awareness and identification of the type of depression is crucial.

Changes in eating habits and sleeping patterns and overwhelming feelings of despair are often the first signs of depression.

In relation to mild depression it has been estimated that mild depression is twice as common as other forms of depression. Further, simple interventions such as, close monitoring with telephone contact can improve outcomes in this group. Treatment will include observation, psychoeducation and psychosocial interventions. Moderate to severe depression - medication and/or psychotherapeutic treatments and psychosocial interventions.

In terms of resistant depression, combination treatments are used and also psychotherapeutic applications.

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