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Lifetime risk of depression: restricted to a minority or waiting for most?

  • Gavin Andrews (a1), Richie Poulton (a2) and Ingmar Skoog (a3)
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Depression remits and recurs, but among what proportion of the population? Retrospective surveys report the lifetime risk to be around 10%. A modelling study and two prospective studies concur that close to half the population can expect one or more episodes of depression in their lifetime.

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Professor Gavin Andrews, School of Psychiatry, UNSWat St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, Australia 2010. E-mail: gavina@unsw.edu.au
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Lifetime risk of depression: restricted to a minority or waiting for most?

  • Gavin Andrews (a1), Richie Poulton (a2) and Ingmar Skoog (a3)
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