Highlights of the International Consensus Statement on Major Depressive Disorder

Neuropsychopharmacology Unit, Division of Experimental Medicine, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom.
The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry (Impact Factor: 5.5). 06/2011; 72(6):e21. DOI: 10.4088/JCP.9058tx2c
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The International Consensus Group on Depression gathered to outline a universal treatment algorithm for depression with the purpose of merging the evidence base and standards of clinical practice from various countries, including the United States, Europe, the Middle East, China, and Japan. This brief summary includes the following recommendations made by the consensus group: periodically screen all patients for depression, use measurement-based tools and full psychiatric assessments to complete differential diagnoses, refer patients to psychiatric specialists when appropriate, establish a therapeutic alliance with patients and their families, begin treatment with an antidepressant for moderate or severe depression, treat patients to remission, and continually monitor patients' symptomatic improvement.

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