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The impact of depression on modern society simply can’t be exaggerated and feeling depressed is now a concept firmly embedded in popular culture. With better understanding there has been a reduction in the stigma surrounding this problem, but there are still many who suffer in silence instead of seeking help early.
An added complication that we have come to understand better in the last few years is the existence of different types of depression, which can only be distinguished by specialist psychiatric assessment. This is crucial because they require different treatment approaches. Certainly the old way of ‘take an antidepressant’ is no longer good enough and may even prove harmful if applied to the wrong type of depression.