International consensus statement on major depressive disorder.

Conference Paper

Because considerable variability exists between countries in the management of major depressive disorder, experts in psychiatry gathered for the International Consensus Group on Depression to outline a universal treatment algorithm for this illness. The experts decided to adapt the existing treatment algorithm developed in Japan and discuss strategies for clinical issues that have been problematic in some countries. Specific recommendations were made by the consensus group for screening for, diagnosing, and treating depression, which include periodically screening all patients for depression, completing a differential diagnosis of depression, referring to a psychiatric specialist if needed, establishing a therapeutic alliance with patients and their families, choosing and optimizing the dose of appropriate antidepressants based on individual patient's needs, and incorporating nonpharmacologic treatment strategies as necessary.

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Cited Authors

  • Nutt, DJ; Davidson, JRT; Gelenberg, AJ; Higuchi, T; Kanba, S; Karamustafalio─člu, O; Papakostas, GI; Sakamoto, K; Terao, T; Zhang, M

Published Date

  • January 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 71 Suppl E1 /

Start / End Page

  • e08 -

PubMed ID

  • 20371035

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1555-2101

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0160-6689

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.4088/jcp.9058se1c.08gry