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New Survey Reveals Even After 12 Years of Living With Depression Adults Still Struggle Due to Lack of Basic Information
Date:10/14/2009

INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- A new survey of 2,001 adults living with depression revealed that despite being diagnosed for an average of 12 years, many unknowingly took actions that could have sabotaged their chances of getting well.(i) Furthermore, on average, it took about six years for respondents to seek diagnosis from a health care professional, suggesting these adults may have been coping with depression for as long as 18 years.(i)

Depression, which includes a variety of symptoms,(ii) is a highly treatable illness,(iii) but it can become more difficult to treat the longer it goes undiagnosed or undertreated.(iv) The survey showed that among those who waited six months or more to be diagnosed, 69 percent reported they delayed diagnosis because they lacked knowledge about depression or lacked basic facts about available depression treatments and where to go for help.(i) Additionally, among those who wanted more information about depression treatment at the time of diagnosis, 64 percent said they wanted to know what it means to "get well."(i) Surprisingly, 91 percent have been prescribed an antidepressant for depression, but among them, just seven percent felt very knowledgeable about all basic aspects of the treatment.(i)

The survey is part of a new depression educational program called Missing Pieces, which was developed by leading mental health experts and supported by Eli Lilly and Company to help people identify the information they need to better understand depression. Overall, the survey demonstrated that many adults with depression are engaging in unhealthy behaviors that may jeopardize recovery,(i) such as:

  • Nearly three in five (57 percent) of those who delayed seeking a diagnosis felt they could manage their own depression symptoms.(i)
  • Among respondents who had taken antidepressants for depression, nearly half (47 percent) did not discuss when it might be necessary to
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