A GP guide to treating depression

The therapeutic armoury for depression is evolving - from novel treatments like ketamine to tried and trusted SSRIs

Depression is one of the most disabling medical conditions worldwide.1

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In Australia, mental disorders such as depression have now taken over from musculoskeletal problems as the most common cause of long-term sickness, absence and work incapacity.2

As a result, it is estimated that depression costs the Australian economy more than $12 billion each year.3

Major depressive disorder can arise from a complex interplay of biological, psychological, social and cultural factors.

As such, its treatment is