Diagnostik depressiver störungen

Translated title of the contribution: Depression in primary care in Germany

Sebastian Rudolf*, Isaac Bermejo, Ulrich Schweiger, Fritz Hohagen, Martin Härter

*Corresponding author for this work
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Around twelve per cent of patients who visit their general practitioner in Germany suffer from depressive illness, yet in a quarter of these cases no psychological diagnosis is made. Depression can present in a wide range of ways, and is classified according to ICD-10. The cardinal symptoms are depressed mood, anhedonia and loss of motivation, but loss of concentration, poor self esteem, suicidal thoughts and sleep disturbances can also be a feature. The documentation of the clinical course (isolated or recurrent depression, chronic depression and depression related maladjustment) and of comorbidity is important in determining treatment and prognosis. Early accurate diagnosis and competent interdisciplinary treatment can considerably reduce distress and improve psychosocial functioning.

Translated title of the contributionDepression in primary care in Germany
Original languageGerman
JournalDeutsches Arzteblatt
Issue number25
Pages (from-to)A1754-1761
Publication statusPublished - 23.06.2006

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM)


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