By Zhai Yun Tan | The Washington Post
Most Americans who screen positive for depression don’t receive treatment, while most who do receive treatment don’t actually have the condition. These are among the findings of a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
“Over the last several years there has been an increase in prescription of antidepressants,” said Mark Olfson, a professor of psychiatry at the Columbia University Medical Center and lead author of the study. “In that context, many people assumed that undertreatment of depression is no longer a common problem.”
But Olfson found the opposite to be true after analyzing data from surveys that included questionnaires to screen for depression. Of the 46,417 adults surveyed, 8 percent answered in ways that suggested they had depression, but only 29 percent of those who seemed to need help received any treatment for it. (Read More)
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