What is included in patient education about depression and suicide?

Updated: Sep 02, 2020
  • Author: Louise B Andrew, MD, JD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Patients must be told clearly and convincingly that depression is an eminently treatable illness. Carefully inform patients about the critical importance of taking any medications that are prescribed, as well as likely adverse effects and their management. Stress the need for short-term follow-up and continuing treatment.

Recommend reading for patients. A good source of information about depression is the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

For patient education information, see the Depression Center, as well as Depression, Suicidal Thoughts, Antidepressant Medications, and SSRIs and Depression.


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