Predicting Major Depressive Disorder In Disaster Victims
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Carol North currently works at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. North conducts research in Disaster Psychiatry.

                       

Predicting Major Depressive Disorder In Disaster Victims

Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a relatively common psychiatric illness that is one of the major sources of disability worldwide and may lead to suicide. MDD is a well-known consequence of disaster trauma, typically second in psychiatric frequency only to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Disaster studies using full diagnostic assessments have identified MDD in 14% of directly-exposed survivors within the first few weeks to months afterward. Thus, MDD is an important outcome of disasters that warrants public health attention to...

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