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Survey Reveals Big Gap in Understanding of Depression; Almost 50 Percent of Caregivers Have Also Been Diagnosed
Date:11/10/2009

cent 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.

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