Depression is may be the most important psychiatric disease for primary care health professionals. Depression is a mood disorder in which the individual always feel sad, melancholic or depressed without a reason, accompanying feelings of a deep distress, unworthiness, powerless, unwillingness, a negative view for life with impaired or slowed speech, motion and some physiological functions. World Health Organization had declared that unipolar major depression is the fifth leading most important health problem around the world in 1990, by the 2020 it will the second ranking health problem just under the ischemic cardiovascular diseases. Mood disorders can be categorized basically as depressive (unipolar) and manic depressive (bipolar) into two and diagnosed with DSM-V-TR criteria. In this condition to aware of depressed patients (search), to diagnose, to differentiate between primary and secondary mood disorders, to start an antidepressant therapy if necessary and consult the success of the therapy and to refer the patient to another health center in necessary conditions can be accounted as the principle duties of the primary care physicians. The aim of this review is to provide the latest knowledge for primary care physicians while managing depression.
Depression, Primary Care, Management
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