Improving Outcomes in Depression: Module A Prevalence, Economic
Depression has been a problem in society for centuries but, as this module shows, a thorough understanding of the illness is still developing. The module begins by looking at how different cultures and eras have treated depression—from a legitimate disease to a demonic influence or a character flaw—and how different stigmas today still hinder patients with depression. The module then explores how the mental illness affects its victims’ productivity, how it impacts overall global health, and how it plays into a risk for suicide. Finally, the module looks at how the DSM-5 (the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) is changing how the illness is classified for healthcare professionals.