Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Is Depression Overdiagnosed & Overtreated in US?

Is Depression Overdiagnosed and Overtreated in US?  

A new study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests Americans are overdiagnosed and overtreated for depression.

Researchers examined adults with depression identified by a doctor or other medical professional, and individuals who experienced major depressive episodes within a 12-month period.

Investigators found that when these individuals were assessed for major depressive episodes using a structured interview, only 38.4 percent of adults with clinician-identified depression met the 12-month criteria for depression — despite the fact that a majority of participants were prescribed and were using psychiatric medications.

The results are featured in the journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics.

“Depression overdiagnosis and overtreatment is common in the U.S., and frankly the numbers are staggering,” said Ramin J. Mojtabai, Ph.D., author of the study and an associate professor with the Bloomberg School’s Department of Mental Health.

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