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Spotting the signs of depression to ensure early treatment and reduce suicide deaths

Spotting the signs of depression to ensure early treatment and reduce suicide deaths

Depression is one of the most common psychiatric disorders, with a lifetime prevalence of about 6%, yet it is estimated that only about half the number of adults who meet the criteria for ‘major depression’ receive treatment. Many die as a result of their own actions before contact with health- care services, and many die in a similar manner despite contact with the services.

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