Assessing and treating depression in primary care medicine.

  title={Assessing and treating depression in primary care medicine.},
  author={Alan J. Gelenberg and Heather S Hopkins},
  journal={The American journal of medicine},
  volume={120 2},
Depression, a common and disabling condition, is often misunderstood by patients, family members, and clinicians. It is frequently underdiagnosed and untreated or inadequately treated. Criteria for major depressive disorder are listed in the DSM-IV-TR, but even less severe depression may merit intervention--especially if chronic. Our understanding of the etiology of depression is rudimentary, but it may involve multiple genes combined with negative life experiences. A variety of pharmacologic… CONTINUE READING

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