MPharmS, consultant pharmacist, mental health services, at Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Pharmacists and healthcare professionals should be able to recognise the symptoms of depression in people who use their services and direct them towards accessing treatment. This article examines how a diagnosis of depression is made, the pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments available, specific considerations for different patient groups, self-management approaches, and the role of the pharmacy team in managing and supporting patients who have symptoms of depression.
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‘Fundamentals of clinical psychopharmacology 4th edition’, edited by Ian M. Anderson and R. Hamish McAllister-Williams.
Depression: clinical features and diagnosisSubscription
A common condition, depression is about more than feeling sad. Patients usually experience ongoing depressed mood, lack of energy and loss of interest in activities they would normally find enjoyable