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Mood disorders, and depression in particular, are among the most prevalent and disabling of all medical conditions. Although significant advances have been made in epidemiological studies, methodological issues affect our interpretation of the data. Diagnostic instruments differ a great deal in their reliability, validity, and comprehensiveness. Even when studies are carefully done, some data, such as lifetime prevalence, are affected by factors such as recall bias.

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TABLE 11–13. Studies of current and lifetime prevalence of mood disorders

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