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May/June 2009, Volume 17, Number 3 

Depression Takes Its Toll

New Data Reveal Millions Affected

Millions of people across the Nation live under the strain of depression. According to SAMHSA data, an estimated 2.0 million adolescents and 16.5 million adults age 18 or older experienced at least one major depressive episode (MDE) in 2007.

Did all of these people receive treatment? Unfortunately, no they didn’t, according to two new reports from SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).

In fact, less than 40 percent of adolescents who experienced at least one past-year MDE received treatment in the same time period. For adults, the numbers are a bit more encouraging—64.5 percent of those who experienced MDE sought treatment in 2007.

cover of NSDUH report - click to view publication

Adolescents and Treatment

Among those who received treatment for depression in the past year, 53.2 percent saw or talked to a medical doctor or other professional about depression, but did not take prescription medication for depression. In addition, 40.4 percent saw or talked to a medical doctor or other professional about depression and used prescription medication for depression. The remainder (6.4 percent) took prescription medication for depression, but did not see or talk to a medical doctor or other professional about depression.

Adults and Treatment

Of adults who were treated, 68.8 percent consulted with or received treatment from a health professional and also used prescription medication for their depression. Another 24.0 percent saw or talked to a health professional but did not use a prescription medication. And 7.1 percent took prescription medication but did not see or talk with a medical doctor or other professional.

cover of NSDUH report - click to view publication

Find out more by visiting SAMHSA’s Office of Applied Studies Web site.

 

 

 

Types of Treatment for Depression in 2007

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two pie charts showing types of treatment for depression - click to enlarge image

Source for Adolescents:

Source: SAMHSA Office of Applied Studies. 2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The NSDUH Report: Major Depressive Episode and Treatment among Adolescents. Figure 1. Type of Treatment Received for Depression in the Past Year among Adolescents Who Experienced Past-Year Major Depressive Episode (MDE) and Received Treatment for Depression in the Past Year: 2007. May 11, 2009.

Source for Adults:

Source: SAMHSA Office of Applied Studies. 2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The NSDUH Report: Major Depressive Episode and Treatment among Adults. Figure 1. Type of Treatment Received for Depression in the Past-Year among Adults Who Experienced Past Year Major Depressive Episode (MDE) and Received Treatment for Depression in the Past Year: 2007. May 14, 2009.

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President’s Budget

President’s Budget

FY2010 Budget sustains critical programs.


  Treatment Improvement  
   Protocols  
Addressing Suicidal Thoughts & Behaviors

Addressing Suicidal Thoughts & Behaviors

From CSAT, TIP 50 offers guidance to substance abuse counselors on how to help clients who may be in crisis.


  Medication-Assisted Treatment  
Buprenorphine: Guide for Nurses

Buprenorphine: Guide for Nurses

Specific guidance for nurses and nurse care managers.

Methadone Safety

Methadone Safety

Safe use of methadone, a medication for opioid addiction, is the focus of a new campaign.


  Data on Depression  
MDE and Youth

MDE and Youth

In 2007, 2 million adolescents had a major depressive episode.

MDE and Adults

More than 16 million adults struggle with depression.


  Focus on Children  
Mental Health Awareness Day

Mental Health Awareness Day

Eight young people take center stage in a celebration of the arts as a way to cope with mental health problems. Photo Gallery.

Data on Children, Parents, Drugs

More than 8.3 million children lived with a parent who was dependent on or abused alcohol or drugs during the past year.


  Women’s Behavioral Health  
Mental Health Publications

Mental Health Publications

“Action Steps” for professionals and “What It Means To You” for consumers are available to order.

Pregnancy & Substance Abuse

Pregnancy & Substance Abuse

How much are alcohol and drugs used during pregnancy and after childbirth?


  Recovery Month  
20th Anniversary Includes TV Spots, PSAs

20th Anniversary Includes TV Spots, PSAs

With a few months to go, the Recovery Month Web site offers flyers, banners, and more.


  Also in this Issue  
PRISM Awards

PRISM Awards

Celebrating excellence in Hollywood. Photo Gallery.

ADDERALL® & College Students

ADDERALL® & College Students

Full-time college students are twice as likely to use Adderall® nonmedically.

Real Warriors Campaign

Real Warriors Campaign

Helping service members break through stigma to ask for help.



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