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Depression is underdiagnosed and undertreated though its high prevalence and life-threatening character. Once identified, depression can be treated successfully with antidepressants, cognitive behavior therapy/interpersonal psychotherapy or a combination of both. Regarding selection of a particular antidepressant, newer, selective drugs are preferred due to better tolerability and low toxicity.