The diagnosis and management of depression in the era of the DSM-5

Thomas, E. ; Seedat, S. (2018)

CITATION: Thomas, E. & Seedat, S. 2018. The diagnosis and management of depression in the era of the DSM-5. South African Family Practice, 60(1):22-28.

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Depressive disorders comprise a range of conditions that can be viewed along many dimensions. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5) introduced several changes to the chapter on depressive disorders largely informed by advances in neuroscience, clinical and public health needs and difficulties identified with the previous DSM-IV classification system and criteria. Clinical characteristics vary across depressive disorders, as do the corresponding treatments. Pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy should be tailored to the individual patient.

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