Letters Is depression overdiagnosed?

Global perspectives

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39317.492130.BE (Published 30 August 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:413
  1. Sing Lee, professor
  1. Department of Psychiatry, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
  1. singlee{at}cuhk.edu.hk

    The debate on whether depression is overdiagnosed should take global and epidemiological perspectives into account.1 2

    Recent transnational epidemiological surveys have not confirmed that medicalisation of sadness is a general phenomenon in the community.3 Rather, a substantial proportion of individuals with depression, even of severe degree, …

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