Clinical Brief: Depression Screening and Treatment
SOURCE: Topics in Integrative Health Care 2011 (June 30); 2 (2)
By Cheryl Hawk, DC, PhD, CHES
Depression is a condition seen frequently in primary care practice as well as by practitioners who treat patients with chronic pain. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that all adults be screened for depression and those who screen positive for depression be appropriately referred for additional assessment and management. Cognitive behavioral therapy, pharmacotherapy, physical activity and mindful exercise are all accepted approaches to treatment of depression.
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Depression, formally referred to as major depressive disorder (MDD), has a lifetime prevalence of 13%. When screened at a primary care visit, about 43% of patients who suffer from MDD report suicidal ideation within the past week. 
Depression is ranked 1st for causes of years of life lived with a disability (YLD) and 3rd for quality-adjusted life years (QALY) in older adults.  Depression may increase the risk of physical disability, coronary heart disease and diabetes mellitus and mortality. It is also a major risk factor for suicide. Depression has a significant economic burden; direct and indirect costs were estimated to be $83 billion in 2000. 
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