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Depression in General Medical Setting: General guidelines on biological treatments

One of the most frequent mental health issues seen in primary care is depression, which is also a major contributor to disability globally. Depression is most effectively treated as a chronic illness since it is frequently a recurrent or chronic condition. Additionally, patients with depressive disorders who are medically unwell are more likely to experience chronic depression or less full recovery. Many, if not most, depressed people can benefit from antidepressant drugs and psychotherapies, but millions of patients in primary care do not receive adequate treatment. A systematic, population-based approach is necessary for the effective management of depression in the primary care setting. This approach includes systematic case finding and diagnosis, patient engagement and education, use of evidence-based treatments, such as medications and/or psychotherapy, and close follow-up to ensure that patients are receiving the care they need.

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Dr. Shaju George

Consultant Psychiatrist Dubai Community Health Centre, Oud Metha.

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One of the most frequent mental health issues seen in primary care is depression, which is also a major contributor to disability globally. Depression is most effectively treated as a chronic illness since it is frequently a recurrent or chronic condition. Additionally, patients with depressive disorders who are medically unwell are more likely to experience chronic depression or less full recovery. Many, if not most, depressed people can benefit from antidepressant drugs and psychotherapies, but millions of patients in primary care do not receive adequate treatment. A systematic, population-based approach is necessary for the effective management of depression in the primary care setting. This approach includes systematic case finding and diagnosis, patient engagement and education, use of evidence-based treatments, such as medications and/or psychotherapy, and close follow-up to ensure that patients are receiving the care they need.