Upon completion of the chapter the reader will be able to

1. Explain the etiology and pathophysiology of major depressive disorder (MDD).

2. Identify symptoms and clinical features of MDD.

3. Differentiate antidepressants according to pharmacologic properties, adverse-effect profiles, pharmacokinetic profiles, drug interaction profiles, and dosing features.

4. Predict adverse-effect profiles of antidepressants based on pharmacology.

5. State the goals of pharmacotherapy in MDD.

6. Educate patients and caregivers on the proper use of antidepressants.

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