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A Consumer Perspective of Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Major Depression

Lydia J. Lewis

Published: May 1, 2001

Article Abstract

The National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association (National DMDA) is a nonprofit,mission-driven, consumer advocacy organization that was founded to educate patients, their families,and the public about the nature and management of depressive and manic depressive illness. Althoughtreatments for mood disorders have been available for decades, individuals with chronic major depressionare often misdiagnosed or inappropriately treated. Serious gaps in the translation of researchfindings into clinical management exist and are attributable to patient, provider, and health care systemfactors. This article discusses the barriers to diagnosis and the ways to improve recognition andtreatment of chronic major depression from the consumer perspective.

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