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Annals of General Psychiatry

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The American Psychiatric Association Treatment Guideline for Major Depressive Disorder: process and content

  • Alan J Gelenberg1
Annals of General Psychiatry20109(Suppl 1):S46

Published: 22 April 2010

Dr. Gelenberg has been a member of the American Psychiatric Association's Workgroup on the Treatment Guideline for Major Depressive Disorder since its inception in the 1980s. For the past several years, he has chaired the workgroup writing the 3rd edition, which should be published in late 2009. This talk will review the history of this work, discuss guidelines broadly in the current era of evidence-based medicine, define epistemology and its relevance, and describe the process of developing a treatment guideline--the scientific and the political. The talk will then outline recent changes in the treatment of depression-medications, stimulation approaches, psychotherapy, and others. It will conclude with a preview of the future in this area.

Authors’ Affiliations

University of Wisconsin and University of Arizona, USA


© Gelenberg; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2009

This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd.