Untreatable Depression

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Depression significantly impairs health but is unrecognized and untreated

“Treatment for depression should at least be
on a par with that for other chronic diseases.”


An article in this week’s edition of The Lancet based on World Health Organization (WHO) surveys concludes that depression produces the greatest decline in health compared with the chronic diseases angina, arthritis, asthma, and diabetes. Still, the percentage of people with depression who receive treatment remains deplorably low.


In an accompanying Comment, Professor Gavin Andrews and...

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