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Old 01-05-10, 11:30 AM   #1
 
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A national survey of 15,762 households by UCLA/Wayne State University researchers found that only 21 percent of Americans suffering from clinical depression receive medical care consistent with American Psychiatric Association guidelines. Half receive no treatment at all. The majority of treated patients, nearly 45 percent, received psychotherapy with no medication... (Source: Depression News From Medical News Today)
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Old 03-13-10, 10:11 PM   #2
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the reason half of us don't tell people is because atleast for me i hate being seen as weak and talking to a person who has know clue who i am or what is going on in my mind. i have talked to a"trained pro" and according to her i let people walk all over me, stress out over little things, and can't say no. everything she said was completly wrong that would person would be like my alter ego
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It is sad but there are plenty of reasons why this treatment is not happening. Treatment is not cheap, we are living in a bad economy, options are not available for many... Also, many do not even think that a 'cure' exists for them and will not even try. It is interesting to note that 45% were being treated without medication.. Doctors seem to be pulling for drug therapy more now, which is why this surprised me. I think psychotherapy can be helpful and drugs overprescribed/not the first answer to look towards...
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Old 04-03-10, 04:16 AM   #4
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Just my humble opinion,

This is a sample, not a survey....a survey is 100% of people are polled. There is a big difference between 15 thousand and 300 million.


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Its simple really. The stigma of being depressed is embarassing for many and too many people it means you are weak. My wife and mother are the only ones who know about my condition, and I just prefer it kept that way. I do not want any pity from anyone, or be thought of as different.
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Yeah there is a stigma attached with being depressed, so what? Just dont tell anyone. When I start working and get benefits I want to look into psychotherapy for myself personally. From reading and listening to different things that seems to be the best solution as it attempts to go to the root of the issue from your brain, but it sounds expensive! Worth it if you have the money though, I'm sure.
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I think many people dont want to admit to themselves they would need any help because of environment which exerts pressure on them to be strong all the time...And if they know they need help they dont want to admit to other they need it...But its interesting why doctors dont prescribe them medications.
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I tried to get help for my depression. I went to the closest psychiatric hospital and was told that unless I try to harm myself or others that they can not admit me for treatment. They think that it can all be done as an outpatient. I've tried that avenue and it never seems to work for me. I either don't go to my appointments, or the meds that they give me don't work! I have been BEGGING for ECT treatments for 8 months now! All I get is, "We'll have to see" or "We need to see what other treatments could help you first before we go that route". I hate what mental healthcare has become!!
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Being expected to spend most of your adult life working to make someone else money while you get peanuts in return plays a big part in it.
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