Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the world. Depression is also one of the leading causes of disability in South Africa and worldwide. Given depression's effect on the population and healthcare system, it’s important for pharmacists to be familiar with proper management of this common illness. Objectives On completion of this course, you will be able
Identify criteria for diagnosis of major depressive disorder.
Evaluate the role of psychotherapy for the treatment of major depressive disorder.
Recommend initial antidepressant therapy for a patient.
Choose an appropriate duration of therapy to maximize antidepressant treatment response.
Discuss potential adverse effects of antidepressants.