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Depression in Adults
Depression in adults
Overview

We begin this chapter with a case study. Then we briefly discuss research on the prevalence of adult depression. We cover some of the issues for assessment, including how well the depressive signs and symptoms illustrated in the case study mesh with the American Psychiatric Association's DSM-IV-TR (2000a) diagnostic criteria for Major Depressive Disorder. In addition, we provide an interview outline for evaluating adult depression. We review some treatment issues. We discuss the reality that most depressed adults cope without professional treatment. We discuss a low-level but chronic depression, Dysthymic Disorder, which lasts at least 2 years. We mention a few special topics regarding depression in adults. Finally, we present clinical guidelines, a chapter summary, and some suggested readings.

Case Study

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