CDC: Majority Of Americans With Depression Not Getting Treatment

The Los Angeles Times (12/4, Kaplan) “Science Now” blog reports that according to a report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), approximately “one in 13 Americans was suffering from depression at some point between 2009 and 2012, yet only 35% of people with severe depression and 20% of those with moderate depression said they had sought help from a mental health professional.” The report’s findings come from “interviews with a nationally representative group of American adults and teenagers who participated in the federal government’s ongoing National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.”

The New York Daily News (12/4, Engel) points out that the report, called “Depression in the US Household Population, 2009-2012,” also reveals that “depression was most common among women and people ages 40 to 59.” Other findings from the report: “Women of all ages were more likely to be depressed than men — 9.5% of females reported moderate or severe symptoms, whereas only 5.6% of men did,” and “rates of depression” did not differ much “across racial lines.”

Related Links:

— “7.6% of Americans are depressed, but few seek mental health treatment,” Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times, December 3, 2014.

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