Slide Decks on Depression

Depression is a clinically heterogeneous disorder. The common feature of depression is the presence of sad, empty, or irritable mood, accompanied by somatic and cognitive changes that significantly affect the individual’s capacity to function. A diagnosis based on a single episode is possible, although the disorder is a recurrent one in the majority of cases.
Our educational slide decks encompass various subjects, including functional impairment in Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), the prevalence of MDD in patients with chronic conditions, and the global significance of MDD as a leading cause of burden.
All our materials are free to download and use in your presentations.

Depression is a clinically heterogeneous disorder

Definitions and Diagnosis

This slide deck offers opportunities to discuss the core definitions of MDD as well as a presentation of the key components of its diagnosis, signs and symptoms. Go to the slide deck.

Depression is a highly prevalent disorder

Epidemiology and Burden

This slide deck presents the essential components of the epidemiology and burden of MDD. Go to the slide deck.

Neurobiology and Aetiology

This slide deck includes the key components of neurosynaptic transmission, neurotransmitters and hypotheses about the underlying causes of depression. Go to the slide deck.

What about the patients that don’t reach functional recovery?

Course, Natural History and Prognosis

This slide deck covers the course, natural history, and prognosis of MDD. This includes the definition of depression based on ICD-10, DSM-IV and DSM-5 system. Go to the slide deck.


This slide deck includes graphic illustrations of a retrospective analysis of patient data performed to compare the prevalence of chronic conditions in patients with MDD. Go to the slide deck.

Basic mechanisms of antidepressant action – reuptake inhibition and enzyme inhibition

Treatment Principles

This slide deck includes infographic slides and figures illustrating the treatment principles of MDD, such as pharmacotherapy and non-pharmacological therapies. Go to the slide deck.

A short summary of what we know todaya on classical psychedelics for the treatment of depression

Psychedelics fact sheet

This slide deck summarizes the current knowledge surrounding the use of psychedelics for the treatment of depression.

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Articles on Depression

Major depressive disorder (MDD) is characterized by discrete episodes of at least 2 weeks’ duration (although most episodes last considerably longer) involving clear-cut changes in affect, cognition, and neurovegetative functions and inter-episode remissions.

Explore our articles to stay updated on new and relevant topics, such as the latest advances in psychiatric genetics and potential future clinical practice applications related to Major Depressive Disorder (MDD).

  • Polygenic Scores in Psychiatry: The Example of Depression
    This article discusses the latest advances in psychiatric genetics, focusing on MDD, the use of PRS in research, and potential future clinical practice applications.
  • Preventing Suicide – A Global Imperative
    This article addresses the global public health challenge of suicide, and explores important initiatives to improve understanding the complex causes of suicide and enhance prevention efforts.
  • Inflammation in Mood Disorders: A New Day or a False Dawn?
    This article investigates Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and the relationship between inflammatory markers and treatment response and resistance.
  • Depression: Cognitive Function the Next Frontier
    There has been a shift from the treatment goal of symptom reduction to achieving functional remission. Cognition is central to the positive mental health and functioning treasured by patients, and it is an aspect of depression that we have neglected.
  • Depression may be Neurotoxic
    Evidence shows that neurotoxicity is clinically and therapeutically relevant. To improve the long-term prognosis of a major depressive episode, clinicians should aim to treat faster, treat better, and treat longer.

Watch the Videos on Depression

Depression often has a remitting and relapsing course, and symptoms may persist between episodes. Severity of the disorder is determined by both the number and severity of symptoms, as well as the degree of functional impairment. Access our videos for a deeper understanding of key topics in depression.

Polygenic Scores in Psychiatry

Dr. Jasmina Mallet highlights the latest research in psychiatric genetics, emphasizing the role of Polygenic Risk Scores (PRS) in psychiatry.

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Depression in the Workplace

In this video, Prof. David Nutt describes the Burden of Depression in the workplace.

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Disease Pathology of MDD

This video explains the disease pathology of major depressive disorder.

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Download Illustrations & Figures on Depression

Explore our comprehensive library of downloadable psychiatry and neurology illustrations, designed to enrich your understanding and enhance your presentations. Discover illustrations and explanations on relevant topics such as Noradrenergic and Specific Serotonergic Antidepressants, the Effects of a Noradrenaline Antagonist, Specific Noradrenaline Re-Uptake Inhibitors, and much more.

This image illustrates the mechanism of action of Tricyclic Antidepressants (TCAs)
This picture illustrates Specific Noradrenaline Re-Uptake Inhibitors
This image illustrates the mechanism of action of Selective Serotonin Re-Uptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)
This image illustrates the mechanism of action of selective serotonin and noradrenaline re-uptake inhibitors
This image illustrates the mechanism of action of Monoamine Oxidase B Inhibitors
This image illustrates the mechanism of action of Noradrenergic and Specific Serotonergic Antidepressants