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A Life Course Approach to Mental Disorders$
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Karestan C. Koenen, Sasha Rudenstine, Ezra Susser, and Sandro Galea

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199657018

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199657018.001.0001

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Applying a life course perspective to depression

Applying a life course perspective to depression

(p.88) Chapter 8 Applying a life course perspective to depression
A Life Course Approach to Mental Disorders

Sasha Rudenstine

Oxford University Press

Major depression is one of the most prevalent forms of psychopathology today. Its common relapsing and recurring trajectory makes major depression a burdensome and complicated disease that not only leads to human suffering but also places a great economic burden on society. This chapter reviews characteristics of depression that lend themselves to a life course analytic perspective, discusses individual risk factors for depression’s onset and trajectory, and addresses the multifactorial nature of depression.

Keywords:   depression, major depression, life course, risk factors, genetics, stress, childhood adversity, and cognitive styles

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