Diagnosis Of Major Depressive Disorder

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Depression affects many individuals worldwide, indiscriminant of race, gender or age. Depression is found across cultures, genders, with slight differing of symptomatology found worldwide (Burnett-Zeigler et al., 2012, p. 123; Cuijpers & Schoevers, 2004 p. 430; Watters, 2010). In 2012, the World Health Organization (WHO), estimated that over 350 million people suffer from depressive symptoms worldwide. Accurate diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) in other countries can be challenging, as individuals are not assessed regularly in primary care clinics. Across many cultures, somatic symptoms tend to be reported more frequently than emotional and behavioral symptoms, with treatment primarily prescribed for the physical symptom, which doesn’t address the individuals’ faulty beliefs, impacting feelings and behaviors. Not only are people suffering from the tremendous symptomology of depression, but increased deaths, due to suicide, frequent this population (Cuijpers & Schoevers, 2004, p. 420).
The demand for evidenced base screening tools and qualified clinicians who have the skills to accurately diagnose and provide evidenced treatment modalities are an increasing need and continue to gain significant attention of agencies such as Medicaid and Medicare. Both Medicaid and Medicare provide financial support for medical services needed by clients living in poverty, clients whom are elder and/or are disabled. These populations includes many people who are unable to work,…

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