Rate of Depression Treatment Improved, But Still Inadequate
more Americans with depression are receiving treatment than
in previous years, the treatment they receive is often inadequate,
according to a recent study.
Face-to-face interviews with more
than 9,000 adults revealed that 57% of those who experienced
major depression in the past
received some treatment for their condition, a significant
increase since the early 1980s. However, less than half of them
22% of all the participants with depression) received an appropriate
course of treatment, defined as either: 1) use of medication
depression for at least 30 days and four visits to a physician
regarding their medication use, or 2) at least eight 30-minute
sessions for psychotherapy.
Nearly 7% of the participants (equivalent
to 13 to 14 million Americans) had experienced major depression
in the past year, and 16% (33
to 35 million) had experienced major depression at some point
in their life. About 72% of people with depression had another
such as anxiety, substance abuse, or impulse control disorder.
On average, major depression lasted 16 weeks, and people were
unable to work or engage in normal activities for an average
of 35 days
a year because of their depression.
Journal of the American Medical Association
Volume 289, page 3095
June 18, 2003