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The Symptoms, Signs, and Diagnosis of Depression
The symptoms, signs, and diagnosis of depression
Overview

In this chapter, we discuss the symptoms and signs of Major Depressive Disorder, as outlined in the fourth edition (text revision) of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR; American Psychiatric Association, 2000a). We begin the chapter with a case study that illustrates the common symptoms and signs of Major Depressive Disorder. Next, we provide information on prevalence, demographics, symptoms, and comorbid conditions associated with depression. We discuss various assessment methods, including interviews and questionnaires, and we describe the typical course of depression. We present an interview outline for assessing depression, along with clinical guidelines for practitioners who are evaluating depressed patients. Finally, we present a summary and a list ...

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