Depression: why doctors and patients misunderstand each other

There’s a gap between what doctors aim for and what patients with depression expect, says Belgian psychiatry Professor Koen Demyttenaere.

“If you ask patients what do they expect from antidepressants, the return of positive affect such as interest in things they once enjoyed and pleasure rank very highly.”

But doctors are trained to look at a decrease in negative affect, such as depressed mood, says the Belgian professor who has published literature on this topic in the Journal of Affective Disorders.