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Health: When Depression Goes Untreated – US News and World Report

April 13, 2010

Contrary to the popular impression that everyone is being diagnosed as depressed and going on “Prozac” it seems that too often depression is not spotted early enough.

What alarms many experts more than overdiagnosis is that depression is too often missed in those at risk of harming themselves. Some people are reluctant to get help, perhaps because they don’t consider depression to be a legitimate medical condition or they lack insurance coverage. Others may have been scared off by the recent “black box” warnings on antidepressants citing an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and tendencies in young people who take them. Yet treatment appears to save lives: A study published in the July issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry found a reduced risk of suicide attempts among 100,000 patients treated for depression during the first month of treatment—regardless of whether they used medication, psychotherapy, or both. U.S. News asked American Psychiatric Association President Carolyn Robinowitz and the APA’s director of research, Darrel A. Regier, to explain the impact of underdiagnosis.

via Health: When Depression Goes Untreated – US News and World Report.

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