This is a blog for the Mental Health Policy Class at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work.
October 12, 2007
Optimal treatment for depression (LA Times article)
Nearly 20 million Americans suffer from some form of depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. About 14% of adults now take antidepressants -- triple the percentage during the late 1980s -- and most stay on them for at least six months. A study published in this month's issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry estimated that mental disorders, largely depression, cost Americans 1.3 billion days of normal activity each year. Many people with such illnesses say they feel hopeless, helpless, unable to face life, unable to find solutions to their problems, and at times think of killing themselves. Some of them do.