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Depression: management of depression in primary and secondary care - NICE guidance

Guidance type:  Clinical guideline
Date issued:  2004-12-01 00:00:00.0
Expected review date:  2008-12-01 00:00:00.0
Reference:  CG23


The NICE clinical guideline on depression covers:

  • the care people with depression can expect to receive from their GP or other healthcare professionals, whether they receive treatment in or out of hospital
  • the information they can expect to receive about their problem and its treatment
  • what they can expect from treatment, including psychological therapies, drug treatment and electroconvulsive therapy
  • the kind of services that help people with depression, including your GP, specialist mental health services and hospital care

The guideline looks at depression in people aged 18 years and older, and covers mild to severe depression. It does not specifically look at:

  • depression in children
  • dysthymia
  • postnatal depression
  • seasonal affective disorder
  • people with depression who have a separate physical or mental illness

Amendment of recommendations concerning venlafaxine: April 2007
On 31 May 2006 the MHRA issued revised prescribing advice for venlafaxine. This amendment brings the guideline into line with the new advice but does not cover other areas where new evidence may be available. NICE expects to make a decision on a full update later in 2007.



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