Depression: distress or disease? Some epidemiological considerations

Brown, G. W.; Craig, T. K. J.; Harris, T. O.; Craig, T K
December 1985
British Journal of Psychiatry;Dec85, Vol. 147, p612
Academic Journal
journal article
Surveys using clinical-type interviews have documented a high rate of depression among working-class women, and this is discussed in the light of a recent survey in an inner-city area. While women with caseness of depression contacting a psychiatrist did not differ in number of core depressive symptoms from those who did, they did in certain characteristics that would make them worrying for a general practitioner to deal with. It is concluded that there is a considerable overlap in the severity of depressive conditions between those seen by psychiatrists and those defined as cases in population surveys; any differences that do exist may relate more to the way symptoms are expressed than to the severity of the depressive disorder as such.


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