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Major Depressive Disorder

Major Depressive Disorder

Strong evidence supports sound arguments on each side of 3 debates covered here—so get in there and fight nice.

The latest news in geriatric psychiatry covers olfactory deficits in cognitively impaired patients, a smartphone app for older adults with serious mental illness, and adjunctive ketamine for late-life depression.

Most depressed people acknowledge impaired concentration and other related symptoms—but skilled clinicians can distinguish between non-melancholic depression and melancholia. How? They ask the right questions.

What is the possibility that the very illness we’re trying to improve is getting worse—with treatment?

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The authors shed light on a disorder that is difficult to diagnose and manage, and offer insights on how to develop an appropriate treatment plan.

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Psychiatrists need to understand the patient’s cancer diagnosis, staging, treatments and their adverse effects, and prognosis to appreciate the challenges the patient is coping with throughout treatment as well as survivorship or end-of-life.

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From a psychodynamic and neurobiological perspective, the recommendation to screen all pregnant and postpartum women for depression and anxiety falls short of what is actually needed to improve the lives of many mothers and their infants and children.

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