The affective or 'mood' disorders are a group of related conditions including the depressive disorders, mania and hypomania, in which the primary disturbance is thought to be one of mood or affect. The separation of the anxiety disorders from the depressive disorders into distinct diagnostic groups is the subject of some controversy.
It is one disorder (Ormel J, Tiemens B., 1997) with serious interpersonal, personal and societal consequences, which affect about 15% of the broad population and accounting for roughly 10% of consultations in primary care. The same investigation revealed that, women are twice as probable to suffer from depression rather than men and symptoms most likely increase with age. There are also available studies which suggest that, the incidence of depression exist in younger
According to Baldwin and Birtwistle (2002 p 5; par 4), it is never difficult to recognize depression, for as long as the right questions are raised in the correct manner. More assessment of distinguished cases need not be exceptionally time-consuming. In fact, doctors and patients can select from a range of effective as well as acceptable treatments and people can then get better. ...Show more