Major Depressive Disorder

Major Depressive Disorder

VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)

Major Depressive Disorder Clinical Support Tools

Clinical support tools for MDD that contain recommendations on screening, assessment, and treatment, as well as patient education. Army, Air Force and Navy medical treatment facilities can order hard copies of the tools on the Army Medical Command Clinical Practice Guidelines Tool Kit Shopping Cart website.

  • Management of MDD Patient Guide (2016)
    • This guide is intended to provide information to patients regarding MDD; causes, symptoms, and assessment and treatment of depression; general ways to improve health and well-being; as well as additional resources.
  • Management of MDD Pocket Card (2016)
    • Provides health care providers with a useful, quick reference tool for treating patients with MDD and related conditions. It was derived directly from the VA/DoD MDD clinical practice guideline.
  • Depression: Fast Facts for Families (2016)
    • Brochure with facts on depression symptoms, causes and effective treatments.
  • Understanding Depression: A Resource for Providers and Patients (2016)
    • Booklet with information on treatment, medications, tips on talking to family and friends about MDD and patient worksheets on how to improve sleep and manage symptoms.

Additional MDD Treatment Guidance

Military Health System Population Health Portal (MHSPHP)

  • Antidepressant Medication Management (2012)
    • This methodology measures the percentage of members 18 years of age and older who were diagnosed with a new episode of major depression, treated with antidepressant medication, and who remained on antidepressant medication treatment. Two rates are reported.
  • Depression Prevalence (2012)
    • This is the proportion of military treatment facility enrollees with depression subject to DoD/VA guidelines clinical management.
  • Mental Health Follow Up (2012)
    • This methodology measures the follow-up care for patients 6 years of age and older hospitalized for selected mental health disorders. This measure is strictly an aggregate measure and does not include an Action List.

Select Federal Agency Webpages on Depression

For more information, see the depression page.