To any health care professional working with depressed patients or clients, the discussion introduced in the last chapter should clearly point to the often confusing state of both diagnosing and treating clinical depression. Many questions remain unanswered and despite the continuing breakthroughs, conflicts and misinformation about the nature of depression continue to flourish. This is much more than an academic debate, as individuals with depression so often continue to suffer and in some cases are even denied a cure. And, because depressed patients are at a higher risk for suicide, inadequate or ineffective medical treatment for depression often does mean the difference between life and death. So, rethinking the entire treatment process for depression—from conceptualization to diagnosis to therapy—is essential to improve the quality of patient care and the effectiveness of measures to combat the illness.
KeywordsHealth Care Professional Depressed Patient Depressive Illness Confuse State Seasonal Affective Disorder
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