Latest guidelines on treatment of depression

Depression is one of the leading cause of disabilities, which results in great costs to health care systems, the society and the individuals. According to the National Institute of Mental Health In the United States, more than 20% of adults experience MDD in their lifetime, with around 10% experiencing it per year. In 2020, an estimated 21 million adults in the United States were had suffered or continued to suffer from a minimum of one mental health episode.

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Psychocardiology: For patients who suffer both depression and heart disease

Interleukin-6, an inflammatory biomarker associated with cardiovascular disease, is significantly higher in patients with major depression. A Loyola University Medical Center psychiatrist, Angelos Halaris, MD, PhD, is proposing a new subspecialty to diagnose and treat patients who suffer both depression and heart disease. He’s calling it “Psychocardiology.”

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