Depression and Bipolar Disorder

Oct 15, 2010 Issue
Translating a Guideline into Practice: The USPSTF Recommendations on Screening for Depression in Adults [Editorials]

In 2009, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) reaffirmed its support for screening for depression in adults, and expanded on its caveat that screening is effective only if support systems are in place for appropriate treatment of patients with positive screening results.

Oct 15, 2010 Issue
Postpartum Major Depression [Article]

Postpartum major depression is a disorder that is often unrecognized and must be distinguished from “baby blues.” Antenatal depressive symptoms, a history of major depressive disorder, or previous postpartum major depression significantly increase the risk of postpartum major depression. Screening...

Oct 15, 2010 Issue
Screening for Depression in Adults [Putting Prevention into Practice]

Case study: C.J. is a 54-year-old man who presents with a request to refill his antihypertensive medication. He reports no problems; his blood pressure is well controlled on his current medication regimen; and his physical examination is unremarkable.

Jul 15, 2010 Issue
Screening and Treatment for Major Depressive Disorder in Children and Adolescents [Putting Prevention into Practice]

Case study: A woman brings her two children, a 14-year-old boy and a nine-year-old girl, to your office for a routine checkup. She tells you that her husband has major depression, and she wants to know whether her children should be checked for early signs of depression.

Jul 15, 2010 Issue
Screening and Treatment for Major Depressive Disorder in Children and Adolescents: Recommendation Statement [U.S. Preventive Services Task Force]

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening adolescents (12 to 18 years of age) for major depressive disorder (MDD) when systems are in place to ensure accurate diagnosis, psychotherapy (i.e., cognitive behavioral or interpersonal), and follow-up.

Jul 1, 2010 Issue
Effectiveness of Antidepressants Compared with Placebo for Depression in Primary Care [Cochrane for Clinicians]

Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are more effective than placebo for the treatment of depression in primary care settings.

May 15, 2010 Issue
Antidepressants for Initial Treatment of Depression [AFP Journal Club]

Which antidepressants should be used for the initial treatment of depression? This quality multiple-treatment meta-analysis gives physicians a good starting point for choosing an antidepressant. Sertraline and escitalopram should be considered first-line agents whereas bupropion, fluoxetine, paroxetine, and duloxetine were least tolerated.

Apr 15, 2010 Issue
Exercise, Yoga, and Meditation for Depressive and Anxiety Disorders [Article]

Anxiety and depression are among the most common conditions cited by those seeking treatment with complementary and alternative therapies, such as exercise, meditation, tai chi, qigong, and yoga. The use of these therapies is increasing. Several studies of exercise and yoga have demonstrated therape...

Nov 1, 2009 Issue
Depression in Post-MI Patients: An Opportunity for Primary Care [Editorials]

Aug 1, 2009 Issue
ACP Guideline on Second-Generation Antidepressants for Depression Treatment [Practice Guidelines]

The American College of Physicians (ACP) released a clinical guideline that gave recommendations for using second-generation antidepressants in the treatment of depressive disorders and accompanying symptoms in adults. Depressive disorders addressed in the guideline include major depressive disorder...

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