Only One-Third Of People Who Suffer Seek Treatment For Depression

Treatment For Depression | Just Believe Recovery PA

In This Article

Only One-Third Of People Who Suffer Seek Treatment For Depression

According to the World Health Organization, 300 million worldwide suffer from major depressive disorder and is now considered to be the #1 cause of disability globally. A new study has found that among those newly diagnosed, only around one-third receive treatment – and that number is even lower for minorities and older adults.

The research, conducted by Kaiser Permanente, examined demographic information and health and insurance records to estimate the number of persons recently diagnosed with depression from 2010 to 2013. The analysis included 12 million people.

Of these millions, around 240,000 had been recently diagnosed with depression during the study period, and among these, less than 36 percent sought treatment in the next three months.

Some groups were even less likely to pursue treatment than others. For example, people aged 61 and older were only half as likely to receive treatment as those people under age 44. This trend may be due to reduced stigma and changing perceptions about mental illness and seeking treatment for it, as reflected in the younger generation.

Also, Asian and African-American and Hispanic subjects were less likely to obtain treatment for depression than whites, which suggests that race/ethnicity may be a factor that promotes resistance to treatment.

Of those who did receive treatment, the majority, or more than 80 percent, opted for antidepressants versus therapy. Oddly, minorities were more likely than whites to choose therapy instead of medication. Adults over age 75 were the least likely to participate in counseling (7 percent) while people aged 18-29 were the most likely (25 percent.)

Past research has also suggested a similar trend. For example, a recent study revealed that globally, people are not seeking treatment for depression, and when they do receive it, it is not adequate.

The authors concluded:

“…study results indicate that treatment…disparities persist. A better understanding of patient factors…that influence treatment initiation is needed to inform efforts by health care systems to improve depression treatment engagement and to reduce disparities.”

~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology

References

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11606-017-4297-2

What Are Synthetic Opioids? | Just Believe Recovery PA

What Are Synthetic Opioids?

Synthetic opioids are a category of human-made drugs that have a chemical makeup comparable to natural opiates and semi-synthetic opioids derived from the opium poppy.

Read More »
Signs of Addiction | Just Believe Recovery Pennsylvania

Signs of Addiction

Many individuals begin to use substances out of curiosity, due to peer pressure, or as a misguided attempt to cope with everyday stress or a

Read More »

Just Believe Recovery is a fully licensed, Joint Commission accredited, comprehensive drug and alcohol treatment center located in Carbondale, Pennsylvania

Let's Connect

🔒 Your information is safe & secure

Sidebar Contact

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
What Are Synthetic Opioids? | Just Believe Recovery PA
Abused Substances

What Are Synthetic Opioids?

Synthetic opioids are a category of human-made drugs that have a chemical makeup comparable to natural opiates and semi-synthetic opioids derived from the opium poppy.

Read More »
How to Stop Smoking Weed | Just Believe Recovery PA
Abused Substances

How to Stop Smoking Weed

Due to broad legalization and approval for medical purposes, marijuana use in the United States is at a record high. At the time of this

Read More »
Women, Drugs, and Prisons | Just Believe Recovery PA
Addiction

Women, Drugs, and Prisons

There has been a rise in the incarceration of women in the United States. In the past quarter-century, there has been an undeniable change for

Read More »

We Believe Recovery Is Possible For Everyone.

Our dedicated admissions team is standing by to answer any questions you might have.

You don’t have to do this alone. Call today!