Most American adults who suffer from depression aren't getting treatment, a new study finds.
After screening survey data on more than 46,000 people, researchers found that 8 percent had depression, but only a third were being treated for the mood disorder.
The reasons why were varied.
"Some adults who experience depressive symptoms do not believe they are significant and require medical attention, or that they could benefit from treatment," said lead researcher Dr. Mark Olfson.
For others, stigma or shame interferes with a desire to get professional help, said Olfson, a professor of psychiatry at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University in New York City.
"In still other cases, the medical visits are oriented around more pressing and urgent medical problems, and the clinical opportunities to detect depression are missed," he said.
The survey also found that some patients are overtreated with antidepressants. But, the percentage of people who fall into that category couldn't be determined from the study data, he said.
[For more of this story, written by Steven Reinberg, go to https://consumer.healthday.com...dy-finds-714329.html]