The etiologic features of depression in adults. Council on Scientific Affairs, American Medical Association
Department of Psychiatry
Medical Subject Headings
Animals; Depressive Disorder; Humans; Psychosocial Deprivation; Risk Factors; Sleep Disorders; Stress, Psychological
Over the past 30 years, considerable advances have been made in understanding the origin of depression. The explosion of knowledge includes studies on genetics, animal models of depression, neurotransmitter and neuroendocrine studies, and psychological and sociological risk factors. Depression, like other medical illnesses, presents with a wide spectrum of syndromes and severity. Most clinicians support a risk factor model that reflects the varying contributions of biological (including genetic), psychological, and environmental factors. This article reviews the research on the etiologic factors in depression.
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Citation: Arch Fam Med. 1993 Jan;2(1):76-83; discussion 84.
Rothschild, Anthony J. and American Medical Association, Council on Scientific Affairs, "The etiologic features of depression in adults. Council on Scientific Affairs, American Medical Association" (1993). Psychiatry Publications and Presentations. 37.