depression
DEPRESSION

Depression is a mood disorder wherein the patient have a pervasive sad mood or loss of interest in most activities for at least 2 weeks.

It can cause significant distress & impairment. It is also a chronic, episodic and relapsing syndrome.

Treatment can either be by psychotherapy alone or pharmacotherapy alone or psychotherapy combined with pharmacological therapy.

Depression Patient Education

Patient Education

  • Educate patient and family members on the disorder to prevent stigmatization and underestimation of the severity of major depression
  • Counsel on treatment goals, treatment options, psychotherapy, choice of drug, side effects and time to see effect

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