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Assessing depression severity at the time of diagnosis is important

2017/09/28

16:01:09

The NSCH is a cross-sectional national (50 states and DC) telephone survey of parents in households with at least one child aged 0 to 17 years at the time of the interview. Parents report on their children’s health. To assess for depression, parents are asked: “Has a doctor or other health care provider ever told you that [CHILD] had depression.” If parents were asked “Does [CHILD] currently have depression?” and if yes, parents were asked to rate current depression as mild, moderate or severe.Dep

Major depression is the most prevalent mental disorder in Singapore. Patients often present with somatic nonspecific complaints apart from the usual symptoms. Major depression is also common among patients with chronic conditions; there is a bidirectional relationship between the two factors. As the first point of contact for patients, the primary care practitioner is in a unique position to diagnose and manage major depression. Another important aspect of evaluating a person with major depression is perfor

Depression can occur at any time over a person’s life. Follow the links below to learn about depression and different life

presents depression response and “emergent” (diagnosis after depression) suicidality information for depression episodes, based on both ICD-9-CM codes and PHQ-9 scores. Among the 738 episodes (670 patients) with at least one PHQ-9, there were 684 episodes (92.6%) with at least one “response” (follow-up) PHQ-9 score recorded more than 7 days after the depression diagnosis date but before the start of any subsequent episode(s). Most episodes had a single response PHQ-9 score recorded, although the mea

Research has shown that certain scores on the PHQ-9 are strongly correlated with a subsequent major depression diagnosis. However, not everyone with an elevated PHQ-9 is certain to have major depression. The PHQ-9 is intended as a tool to assist clinicians identifying and diagnosing depression but is not a substitute for diagnosis by a trained clinician.

Depression is a broad and heterogeneous diagnosis. Central to it is depressed mood and/or loss of pleasure in most activities. Severity of the disorder is determined by both the number and severity of symptoms, as well as the degree of functional impairment. A formal diagnosis using the ICD-10 classification system requires at least four out of ten depressive symptoms, whereas the DSM-IV system requires at least five out of nine for a diagnosis of major depression (referred to in this guideline as 'depressi

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