Sunday, January 10, 2010

Most Depressed Adults Going Without Treatment

(HealthDay News) -- Most depressed adults in the United States don't get the minimum recommended treatment, and the vacuum is especially dramatic among minority populations.

"This was very astonishing," said Hector Gonzalez, lead author of a study in the January issue of Archives of General Psychiatry and assistant professor of family medicine and public health at Wayne State University in Detroit.

"Studies have shown over and over that about half of people with depression get treatment, but as a clinician I knew that wasn't the case. I knew it wasn't the case for blacks and Latinos," continued Gonzalez, a Mexican American raised in New Mexico. "I wanted to see how many people were getting minimal standard-of-practice care."

The answer turned out to be that only a paltry one in five U.S. adults gets guideline-recommended treatment, with the number dropping to one in 10 for Mexican Americans and African Americans. Read more...

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