Dealing with major depression

  • C P Freeman University of Cape Town
  • J A Joska University of Cape Town
Keywords: major depression, general practice

Abstract

One in ten South Africans will be diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD) at some point in their lives. MDD is a potentially disabling condition that affects many spheres of an individual’s life and leads to marked social and occupational dysfunction. General practitioners are frequently required to diagnose and manage MDD, often in a time-pressured primary healthcare setting. This article aims to provide practitioners with an overview of MDD. It covers aspects of diagnosis, co-morbidity, pharmacology and special patient groups.

Author Biographies

C P Freeman, University of Cape Town
MBChB, FCPsych(SA), MMed(Psych) Psychiatrist Division of Neuropsychiatry Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health University of Cape Town
J A Joska, University of Cape Town
PhD, FCPsych(SA) Head of Division of Neuropsychiatry Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health University of Cape Town
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