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Choice-D Patient & Family Guide to Depression

The CHOICE–D Project was created in partnership with individuals (drawn from 64 applicants across Canada) who have personal experience with depression.

The intention of this resource is to empower individuals to understand treatment options and to engage in conversations about treatment options with their health care providers. Multiple stakeholders contributed to reviewing this document, including the public, patients, treatment providers, researchers, and administrators.

The result is a joint venture of the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario (MDAO; and the Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatments (CANMAT;

It was funded primarily by the Ontario Brain Institute (, with significant in‐kind support from MDAO and CANMAT. Additional support and guidance were provided by the CAN–BIND program (

The information in this guide is drawn from the CANMAT 2016 Clinical Guidelines for the Management of Adults with Major Depressive Disorder, published as a series of seven articles in the September 2016 issue of the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. All scientific content in this resource is derived from the research summarized in the original 2016 articles, edited by Dr. Raymond Lam and Dr. Sidney Kennedy, with co-editors Dr. Sagar Parikh, Dr. Roumen Milev, Dr. Glenda MacQueen, and Dr. Arun Ravindran.

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