Depression affects nearly one in ten Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, yet many people go untreated. A recent study in General Hospital Psychiatry found that 70 percent of people surveyed with symptoms of depression received no treatment of any kind. Certain groups, including men, the elderly and the poor, are especially at risk for under-treatment.
If you or a loved one has questions about depression, our Be a Prepared Patient resource, Depression: When Should You Get Help?, offers advice in four key areas:
- Recognizing the symptoms
- Who to call
- Available treatments
- Online resources
You can also browse the latest research on depression from peer-reviewed journals in our Health Behavior New Service stories.