Jefferson Journal of Psychiatry


The WorldHealth Organization estimates that over 100 million people worldwide suffer from depression, that three times as many may be affected (1). While major advances have occurred in our understanding of the biological aspects of depression, the understanding of psychosocial causes of depression is still largely sketchy. Thus adequate intervention in dealing with this aspect of treatment of depression is scarce. This paper, divided into two parts, will review recent findings in psychosocial causes of depression and suggest certain strategies.for intervention, speculate on the roles of poverty and the issues raised by poverty on the rates of depression and suggest certain strategies.for intervention in the treatment of depression amongst the poor.

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