Predicting Major Depressive Disorder In Disaster Victims
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David Baron, M.S.Ed., D.O. is Professor and Vice-Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, Asst Dean of International Relations, Chief of Psychiatry at Keck Hospital at USC, and Director of the Center for Exercise, Psychiatry and Sport at USC. Professor Baron is the former Deputy Clinical Director of the NIMH and Chaired the Department of Psychiatry at Temple University School of Medicine from 1998-2010.


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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