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The diagnosis and management of depression in the era of the DSM-5

Eileen Thomas, S Seedat
South African Family Practice | Vol 60, No 1 : January/February| a4829 | DOI: | ©
Submitted: 01 March 2018 | Published:

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Eileen Thomas, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
S Seedat, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

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Depressive disorders comprise a range of conditions that can be viewed along many dimensions. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5) introduced several changes to the chapter on depressive disorders largely informed by advances in neuroscience, clinical and public health needs and difficulties identified with the previous DSM-IV classification system and criteria. Clinical characteristics vary across depressive disorders, as do the corresponding treatments. Pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy should be tailored to the individual patient.


depression; depressive disorders; DSM-5; diagnosis; premenstrual dysphoric disorder


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