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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 40 (1998) 10, 635 - 640

Short report

The importance of subclinical depressions

P. Cuijpers

Persons with subclinical depressions have depressive symptoms that do not meet the DSM-IV clinical criteria for a depressive disorder. Subclinical depressions are nevertheless relevant in light of the considerable consequences they have for the general well-being and psychosocial functioning of the people they affect and the elevated risk of a major depression they bring. Too little is known about the definition, the course and the treatment of subthreshold depression.