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Major Depressive Disorder Treatment Guidelines in China

Article Abstract

Depression is a common illness in the Chinese population, but very few people with depression seek treatment or are properly diagnosed and treated when they do visit a medical professional. One potential result of this situation is that suicidality is higher than it might be if more people with depression received appropriate treatment. When patients do receive pharmacotherapy for depression, benzodiazepines and tricyclic antidepressants are overprescribed. The Chinese psychiatric establishment has published a sufficient guideline outlining treatment strategies for depressive disorders, but education for psychiatrists and general practitioners is needed.

Published online March 31, 2010. The Supplement is available for CME credit until March 31, 2013.

Corresponding author: Mingyuan Zhang, MD, Shanghai Mental Health Center, 600 Wan Ping Nan Lu, Shanghai 200030, China (myzhang2006@gmail.com).

J Clin Psychiatry 2010;71(suppl E1):e06

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