Sunday, February 7, 2010

Untreated, Mild May Become Major Depression

(HealthDay News) -- For many people whose depression goes untreated, symptoms persist and worsen over time, eventually leading to a diagnosis of major depression (, according to new research.

The finding stems from a study of 348 adults who had been diagnosed with mild depressive symptoms by their primary care physicians. They were not receiving treatment for depression at the time of the visit and had not received any such treatment in the previous year.

Four years later, the researchers, from Columbia University, found that 62 percent of the group was experiencing major depression. In addition, their level of social functioning was significantly worse and they were more than six times as likely as non-depressed people to have made one or more visits to a psychiatric emergency room in the preceding year. Read more...

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