Revista Colombiana de Psiquiatría
Print version ISSN 0034-7450
TERAIZA E, Meza R. Depression as a Medical-Psychiatric Entity. rev.colomb.psiquiatr. [online]. 2008, vol.37, n.2, pp. 220-235. ISSN 0034-7450.
Introduction: Depression as a medical-psychiatric entity forces the clinician to use multiple tools in order to arrive to the precise etiology that will allow him to discern between intrapsychic events and lost homeostasis. Method: Different medical entities that present with depressive symptomatology and some approaches to pharmacological treatment are listed. Conclusion: In the near future, psychiatry may be guided with the help of specialized clinical tests same as in any other specialty, and diagnose with the use of both clinical and laboratory data thus enhancing therapeutic effi ciency.
Keywords : Depression; antidepressive agents; laboratory techniques and procedures.