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Using data from a survey that screened more than 46,000 Americans for depression, researchers found evidence that the condition is not properly diagnosed in many people. And even when diagnosed correctly, depression often goes untreated.

About 8.4 percent of the people interviewed had depression. But of those, only 28.7 percent had received any treatment.

At the same time, of those who were treated for depression, only 29.9 percent had screened positive for the disorder. Many people with less serious psychological problems were being treated with antidepressants and other psychiatric medicines.

“There are challenges in aligning depression care with patient needs,” said the lead author, Dr. Mark Olfson, a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. “Extending the use of simple screening tools in primary care is a good first step. Most adults who screen positive for depression don’t receive any treatment.”

The above was first posted in the New York Times on 1st September 2016 and written by Nicholas Bakalar. Read more at http://bit.ly/depression-untreated

If you are concerned that you or a loved one might be suffering from depression, it’s best not to ignore it. Early awareness and treatment can prevent problems from occurring further down the line. There’s no harm in talking to someone, or asking a friend, relative or co-worker how they feel.

If you believe you may be suffering from depression, you can contact us and discuss this in complete confidence. Contact Aspire Counselling on 65 6570 2781, or email info@aspirecounselling.net. You can also book and confirm a face to face or online counselling session by visiting our website at https://www.aspirecounselling.net