Mood disorders carry with them considerable distress and disability; they are one of major contributors to global disability. Epidemiological studies have demonstrated that many persons suffering from depression do not have the disorder recognised or have treatment. The introduction of effective, safe and easy to prescribe antidepressants in the 1990s, along with brief, manualised psychological treatments encouraged approaches to meet the ‘unmet need’ Public health approaches have been used to increase the recognition of depression and allow depressed persons to be able to access treatments. The DSM diagnostic criteria (with its low threshold for diagnosis) and the use of screening questionnaires have contributed to a new problem of ‘overdiagnosing’ depression often referred to as ‘pathologising’ sadness. The early recognition of bipolar disorder is another major issue as there is often a delay of 5-7 years from the mood episode (usually depression) before a diagnosis of bipolar disorder is made. Over diagnosis is also a problem with bipolar disorder, especially bipolar II disorder, with online screening tools contributing to this problem.
Join us for a webinar presented by Professor Philip Boyce and learn more about the problem of mood disorders.
Time: Wed, 25 Sep 2013 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM AEST (UCT+10)
Registration: Registration is free. Please click here to secure your spot. Instructions on how to join the webinar will be sent to you upon registration. Technical support is available on 1800 194 319.
Richard He | Program Manager - Mental Health Education
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