Treating Depression

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Depression can make you feel hopeless and helpless. But getting treatment can make all the difference to a persons mental health. Unfortunately, many are not getting the help they need. Dr. Edward Hill talks about a study on treating depression in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A new study shows only half of Americans with depression receive any type of treatment for it, and certain minorities may face even greater difficulties in getting the treatment they need.

Researchers found only one in five Americans suffering from clinical depression receives treatment consistent with recommended guidelines.

The recommended depression treatment depends upon the individual's needs and often includes a combination of psychotherapy and medication.

In the study, researchers analyzed information from a nationwide survey of 15,000 adults conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health.

Overall, half of those with depression received at least one form of depression treatment, but only 21 percent received at least one form of depression treatment that conformed to established treatment guidelines.

Of those who received depression treatment, nearly 45 percent received psychotherapy without any medication and 34 percent were prescribed antidepressants.

The study showed that people who were undergoing psychotherapy were more likely to receive depression treatment in line with the recommended guidelines than those who received medications alone.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.