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 …show more content…
Participants Participants for this study will include clients from a rural and semi-urban community mental health agency located in Washington. Client information will be assessed using an electronic healthcare records (EHR), AVATAR. “The Avatar EHR system provides a common software platform for key processes, including treatment planning, clinical outcomes, and methadone dispensing” (IBM Technologies, 2015, Net smart Technologies, para. 1). Participant’s medical records will be reviewed by this researcher to determine the participants for the study from January 2015- December 2015. Participants will be between the ages of 18-65 years of age. It is difficult to estimate the cultural diversity of the sampled participants. The United Census Bureau (2015) has estimated the community populations represented by the following groupings. Approximately 86.7% of the population identifies as Caucasian, followed by 8.7% identified as Hispanic and 3.8% as Native Americans. The community’s population is represented by 55.6 % of the populations being between the ages of 18-66 (para 1). The researcher believes the sample will closely replicate the census data.
A goal is that at least one hundred (100) participants will be assessed in the study. Of the 100 participants, it is estimated that 60 will be female and 40 will be male, based on the community population census. Each participant will have a diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder, all specifiers will be included.

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