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Depression as a medical condition 

Depression as a medical condition
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Depression as a medical condition
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Christopher Dowrick

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199545292.003.0002
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date: 23 September 2019

Chapter 2 sets out the case in favour of the concept of depression as a medical condition, and provides an informed view of the prevailing medical perspectives on depression, offers some definitions, and discusses the epidemiology of depression in terms of the frequency with which it occurs, its trajectory or natural history, the effect it has on individuals and on society; and the various factors which are thought to cause, maintain, and reduce it. It goes on to show how it is presented as a problem to be diagnosed and managed mainly in primary care settings, with appropriate support from psychiatric services.

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