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Nearly 5 Percent Of U.S. Population Suffers From Persistent Depression Or Anxiety

December 4, 2008

So many people suffer with depression or anxiety without realising that they can access professional help. Over the last few decades of rampant consumerism and “greed is good” economic policy there has been a consensual delusion that we can buy our way out of our personal unhappiness. That lie is bankrupt now.

In the study, published in the December issue of the peer-reviewed journal Psychiatric Services and currently available online, researchers found that approximately 4.7 percent of the nation’s population suffers from persistent depression or anxiety disorders, with a minority of those afflicted receiving adequate medication or counseling.

“From a policy perspective, this study indicates that we have to do much better in terms of helping people in the population and clinicians in primary care,” said lead author Dr. Alexander S. Young, a UCLA professor of psychiatry and director of health services for the Department of Veterans Affairs Desert Pacific Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC). “We need to understand that psychiatric disorders are treatable with psychotherapy and/or medication. Patients would benefit if we improved linkages between primary care and specialty mental health care so that patients are referred and accept referrals to mental health specialists, especially when they are chronically ill.

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