Depression in adults: recognition and management

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Depression in adults: recognition and management

This guideline covers identifying, treating and managing depression in people aged 18 and over. It recommends tailoring care and treatment based on the severity of a person’s depression. It also includes advice on preventing relapse and managing complex and severe depression.


Who is it for?

Healthcare professionals

Other professionals who have direct contact with, or provide health and other public services for, people with depression

Commissioners and providers of services for people with depression and their families and carers

Adults with depression, their families and carers


This guideline will update and replace NICE guideline CG90 (published October 2009).


We have updated or added new recommendations on the treatment of new depressive episodes, further line treatment, treatment of chronic, psychotic and complex depression, preventing relapse and the organisation of and access to services.

The response to this consultation has now been submitted. Please contact the Consultation Response Team ([email protected]) if you have any related queries.

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Consultation Body
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
  • England
  • Wales


Consultation Close Date
12 Sep 2017
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