Navigation Links
Survey Reveals Big Gap in Understanding of Depression; Almost 50 Percent of Caregivers Have Also Been Diagnosed

More Than One Treatment Option Helpful

Arlington, VA (PRWEB) November 10, 2009 -- Americans do not believe they know much about depression, but are highly aware of the risks of not receiving care, according to a survey released by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

See full survey results at

The survey provides a “three dimensional” measurement of responses from members of the general public who do not know anyone with depression, caregivers of adults diagnosed with depression, and adults actually living with the illness.

  • Seventy-one percent of the public sample said they are not familiar with depression, but 68 percent or more know specific consequences that can come from not receiving treatment—including suicide (84 percent)
  • Sixty-two percent believe they know some symptoms of depression, but 39 percent said they do not know many or any at all.
One major finding: almost 50 percent of caregivers who responded had been diagnosed with depression themselves, but only about 25 percent said they were engaged in treatment.

Almost 60 percent of people living with depression reported that they rely on their primary care physicians rather than mental health professionals for treatment. Medication and “talk therapy” are primary treatments—if a person can get them—but other options are helpful.

  • Fifteen percent of people living with depression use animal therapy with 54 percent finding it to be “extremely” or “quite a bit” helpful. Those using prayer and physical exercise also ranked them high in helpfulness (47 percent and 40 percent respectively).
  • When people living with depression discontinue medication or talk therapy, cost is a common reason, but other significant factors include a desire “to make it on my own,” whether they believe the treatment is actually working and in the case of medication, side effects.

”The survey reveals gaps and guideposts on roads to recovery,” said NA MI Executive Director Michael J. Fitzpatrick. “It tells what has been found helpful in treating depression. It can help caregivers better anticipate stress that will confront them. It reflects issues that need to be part of ongoing health care reform.”

“There are many treatment strategies” said NAMI Medical Director Ken Duckworth. “What often works is a combination of treatments that fit a person and their lifestyle.

“Research indicates that the combination of medication and psychotherapy are most effective. But physical exercise, prayer, music therapy, yoga, animal therapy and other practices all can play a role.

“The good news is that 80 percent or more of the public recognize that depression is a medical illness, affecting people of all ages, races and socioeconomic groups, which can be treated”

Harris Interactive conducted the survey for NAMI on-line between September 29 and October 7, 2009. Participants included 1,015 persons who did not know anyone diagnosed with depression, 513 persons living with depression and 263 caregivers of a family member or significant other diagnosed with depression.

The survey was made possible with support from AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly & Co. and Wyeth. NAMI does not endorse or promote any specific medication, treatment, product or service.

About NAMI:
The National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI has over 1100 state and local affiliates that engage in research, education, support and advocacy.

Christine Armstrong

3803 North Fairfax Drive, 22203
Arlington, VA 22201-3042

# # #

Read the full story at

Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2009 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Few Change Medicare Plans Each Year, But Three Times as Many Are Considering a Change in 2010, Allsup Survey Finds
2. Physicians Losing Control of Medicine: New Survey Reports Medical Malpractice as Primary Reason
3. TransUnion Survey Finds Patients Want More Transparency in Hospital Bills and Knowledge of Charity Care Programs
4. Americans Gaining Awareness of COPD: Survey
5. Five-Minute Survey Can Help Predict Lung Cancer
6. Survey of State Health Departments Underscores Gaps in Foodborne Illness Response
7. CSMS Issues Results of Health Disparities Survey
8. Contour Products Promotes Survey for National Respiratory Care Week, Findings Prove Benefits of Contour CPAP Pillow for Sleep Apnea Patients
9. Syphilis survey reveals need for accurate testing for early infection
10. Medical Liability Monitor Annual Survey of Medical Malpractice Insurance Rates Shows Medical Liability Insurance Market Remains Soft
11. North Carolinians Cutting Back on Needed Medical Services During Down Economy, BCBSNC Survey Finds
Post Your Comments:
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... ... and SACC-USA through membership and leadership since 2008. Gary Bruce, President of PartnerTech ... . Gary has spent a significant amount of time in Sweden since joining ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... , ... December 01, 2015 , ... ... Center Enterprise Authorized Technology Provider (ATP) status from Cisco. This designation recognizes Tympani ... support Cisco Unified Contact Center solutions targeted to the high-end enterprise contact center ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... The National ... 2015-2016 inductee into its VIP Woman of the Year Circle. She is recognized ... networking organization exclusively for professional women, boasting 850,000 members and over 200 operating ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... ... extremely stressful. At the VA Maryland Health Care System, the Caregiver Support ... patients. “Caregivers have a difficult job. Seventy-four percent report that their role ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... 30, 2015 , ... Thermi™, a world leader in thermistor-regulated ... ThermiRFR temperature controlled radiofrequency platform has received CE marking and may now be ... temperature as a clinical endpoint. The technology has been available in the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/1/2015)... DUBLIN , Dec. 1, 2015 Research ... of the "Global Mouth Ulcer Treatment Market 2015-2019" ... --> --> According to the report, ... of the global population now affected by them. The ... hormonal imbalances, and tobacco smoking. Mouth disorders are also ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... , 1 décembre 2015 ... exposition et conférence d,Asie portant sur ... sur l,industrie manufacturière, se tiendra à ... 20 au 22 avril 2016. ... Photo - ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... , Nov. 30, 2015  QT Vascular Ltd., together ... together with its subsidiaries, TriReme Medical LLC and Quattro ... engaged in the design, assembly and distribution of advanced ... disease, is pleased to announce that a three-judge panel ... of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ("Federal Circuit") has ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: