Management of mild depression in general practice: Is self-help the solution?
Australian Prescriber | Published : 2005
Mild depression is a common but often hidden problem in patients attending general practitioners. Current evidence is unclear about whether these patients need to be identified. The best management strategy is also unclear. There are very few data from general practice studies to guide us, however there seems to be no evidence to support the use of antidepressants in mild depression. Psychological strategies, St John's wort and self-help strategies may be of assistance to patients with mild depression. An approach that allows people to ventilate their concerns and have them validated, combined with self-help strategies, such as cognitive behaviour therapy programs or exercise programs, may b..View full abstract