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Depression

20 August 2007

Depressed or just unhappy?

Many people diagnosed with depression are actually just unhappy, says an Australian psychiatrist who contends that the clinical threshold for depression is too low.

Many people diagnosed with depression are actually just unhappy, says an Australian psychiatrist who contends that the clinical threshold for depression is too low, BBC News reported.

British Medical Journal that almost all people experience symptoms such as "feeling sad, blue or down-in-the-dumps" at some time in their lives. However, that's not the same as clinical depression.

However, the same issue of the British Medical Journal featured an article by another psychiatrist who contradicted Parker's opinion. Increased diagnosis of depression has helped prevent suicides and reduced the stigma of mental illness, Prof Ian Hickie wrote.


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