Depression

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Lars Veddel Kessing, Jens Drachmann Bukh

The prevalence of depression is not clearly established, but estimated to 3-4% in a Danish questionnaire study. Lifetime's prevalences of 12-17% are reported in other community samples. In the current diagnostic system depression is defined categorically and operationally. It has been argued, that these diagnostic criteria represent an oversimplification, which has blurred the concept of depression. We suggest a greater emphasis on the depressed mood as the core symptom of depression, which may increase the specificity of the diagnosis. Furthermore, basic principles for the treatment of depression are presented.

Original languageDanish
JournalUgeskrift for Laeger
Volume176
Issue number16
Pages (from-to)1470-1473
Number of pages4
ISSN0041-5782
Publication statusPublished - 4 Aug 2014

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