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Monday, October 3, 2011

Wht don't people like to tell their doctors if they're depressed?

A team of University of California psychologists surveyed 1,054 adults in California to ask what might keep them from talking about depression with their doctors.

23% said they didn't want to take antidepressants.
12% said they didn't want to be labeled as a psyche patient.
16% said they didn't think psychological issues were a primary care issue
15% said they were concerned about medical record confidentiality.

This helps explain why about 25% of people with depression go undiagnosed, and therefore untreated. 

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