Sunday, 25 September 2016

Depression

New findings suggest that most Americans with depression receive no treatment, while raising the possibility that overtreatment of depression is also widespread. Less than a third of American adults who screened positive for depression received treatment for their symptoms, whereas over two-thirds of adults receiving treatment for depression did not report symptoms of depression or serious psychological distress, according to a study from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and the University of Pennsylvania.
The study also found that among those who are treated for depression, less than half of those with severe psychological distress are seen by a mental health specialist.
Results of the study were published today in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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