The successful use of antidepressants.
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Depression is the most common psychiatric problem presenting to the family physician. The prevalence of depression among family-practice patients is of the order of 10%. Most cases of depression are treated by family physicians. Thus it is essential for family physicians to be fully familiar with the effective use of antidepressants. This article outlines the key components necessary for the successful use of antidepressants. The author discusses appropriate indications, dosage, length of treatment, and the psychotherapeutic functions of the physician.
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