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NMIC Bulletin Vol. 25 No. 2 Update on the management of depression

1 July, 2019

Update on the management of depression

  • It is estimated that 1 in 10 patients present with depressive symptoms in primary care
  • Non-pharmacological therapy and symptom monitoring is usually recommended as first-line treatment for patients with mild depression
  • Antidepressants are usually recommended as first-line treatment for patients with moderate and severe major depression
  • The choice of antidepressant should be based on factors including tolerability, patient’s previous experience with antidepressants, co-morbidities, concomitant medication, suicide risk and cost