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New Study Reveals Disparities in Major Depression Treatment

January 5, 2010

A new study in the Archives of General Psychiatry reports that approximately one-half of American adults living with major depression do not receive treatment for the illness and that Mexican Americans and African Americans are the least likely to get treatment.

The report is based on data from three surveys conducted between 2001 and 2003 with a total of 15,762 participants.

Existing research has indicated that many Americans living with depression go untreated, but the new study is the first to examine subgroups of large ethnic and racial groups and reveal disparities in care. One interesting finding was that psychotherapy rates were highest amongst Mexican and African Americans, which indicates that this kind of therapy may be more accepted in these groups.

NAMI also recently released a survey on major depression and launched a new, interactive Web site that includes resources for different cultural groups.

Additional Resources:

NAMI Multicultural Action Center