How many of you are depressed


Mood swings are one of the general manifestations of human experience. Grief as a painful reaction to a stroke of fate is also a natural response. However, depression can usually be reliably differentiated from normal mood swings. If a depressive illness is recognized early, it can be treated well in most cases. For the therapy of depressive disorders there are psychotherapeutic and medicinal forms of treatment as well as other supportive measures. A “National Unipolar Depression Care Guideline” is available to doctors and psychotherapists for orientation.

The general "Depression" page of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) is a good source of information. Current figures and developments as well as articles from basic publications are compiled here. In addition to booklet 51 “Depressive Disorders”, which you mention on your website, there are also references to current GBE reports. The 51st issue of health reporting, "Depressive Diseases", published by the Robert Koch Institute provides an overview of the subject of depression.

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In addition, the health information of the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) contains numerous leaflets and brief scientific information - focusing on the subject of depression.