Depression too often reduced to a checklist of symptoms

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How can you tell if someone is depressed? The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) — the ‘bible’ of psychiatry — diagnoses depression when patients tick off a certain number of symptoms on the DSM checklist. A large-scale quantitative study now shows that some symptoms play a much bigger role than others in driving depression, and that the symptoms listed in DSM may not be the most useful ones….

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Published By: ScienceDaily – Saturday, 24 October, 2015

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