General practitioner’s strategy for dealing with the depressed patient

Eric Constant Published in the journal : July 2019 Category : ECU-Congrès de médecine générale

Summary :

The general practitioner is confronted daily with patients with depressive symptoms. The first step is to establish a correct differential diagnosis and a first-line treatment plan. Often, this first treatment will have to be reviewed, modified and complexified, in order to allow the patient to obtain a substantial symptomatic improvement and to arrive at symptomatic remission, which should be the goal of any management.

Key Words

Unipolar depression, antidepressants, discon- tinuation syndrome, symptomatic remission