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Depression and Its Treatment in a US Urban Community—1975-1976

Myrna M. Weissman, PhD; Jerome K. Myers, PhD; W. Douglas Thompson, PhD
Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1981;38(4):417-421. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1981.01780290051005.
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• Data on the current prevalence of depression and its treatment derive from a longitudinal community survey conducted in 1975-1976 in New Haven, Conn. The results show the high prevalence of depression based on the Research Diagnostic Criteria. While persons with a depression use the psychiatric and general medical health care systems more frequently than those without a depression, the overall number of those who see a psychiatrist, receive a tricyclic antidepressant, or receive any treatment for their emotional problems from any source is low. Persons with a depression who do not receive treatment especially for their emotional problems make relatively frequent visits to nonpsychiatric physicians. Men and older persons who are depressed receive the least treatment.


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