What is prevention?

Most researchers and practitioners define prevention as those interventions which are conducted before people meet the formal criteria of a depressive disorder according to the DSM-IV. There are three types of prevention, universal,selective and indicated prevention. Learn more...

Why is prevention of depression important?

  1. Depression is a highly prevalent condition, affecting about 150 million people worldwide at each moment in time. Currently, depressive disorders are the third disorder worldwide in terms of disease burden. Read more..
  2. Much of the disease burden, and economic costs of depressive disorders is associated with the very high incidence of depression. About 48% of all patients with a depressive disorder in the past year, indicate that they had that depression for the first time in their lives. Read more...
  3. Prevention is also important because current treatments can reduce the disease burden of depression only to a limited extent. A recent modeling study in Australia estimated that only about 16% of the disease burden of major depression is averted in the current health system. Read more...

Is prevention possible?

A recent meta-analysis showed that preventive interventions on average reduce 22% of the new cases of depressive disorders. Read more...