Research Shows More Americans Suffer From Depression, Less Seek Treatment

Research Shows More Americans Suffer From Depression, Less Seek Treatment

Research Shows More Americans Suffer From Depression, Less Seek Treatment

Data collected and analyzed by Screening for Mental Health, Inc. shows that there has been an increase in the number of Americans reporting they suffer from symptoms of depression and other mood anxiety disorders between 2005 and 2010.  The non-profit organization released their information in anticipation of the October 7 National Depression Screening Day.

While it appears that more Americans are suffering from depression related symptoms than in previous years, researchers found there was a 14 percent decrease in Americans who are actively being treated for depression or have been treated in the past.  The numbers are quite staggering to officials in the mental field who say that treatment is essential for people suffering from depression related symptoms. 

The data shows that during the timeframe studied there was a 34 percent increase in the likelihood of men suffering from depression, a 49 percent increase in the likelihood of divorced or separated people suffering from depression, and an amazing 76 percent increase in people in the workplace being treated for generalized anxiety disorder.

Doctors say that screening for mental health related issues is one of the best ways to ensure that individuals seek out the treatment they need.  An independent study conducted at Harvard Medical School found that 55% of people who competed an online depression screening sought the treatment they needed within three months.

In observance of National Depression Screening Day, individuals can participate in a free and anonymous mental health screening test at www.HelpYourselfHelpOthers.org on October 7.  The same day many public works buildings will be offering free screenings as well.


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