The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (July, 2008) found that primary care doctors identify only one-third (31 percent) of depressed patients and that most people do not receive adequate treatment for depression. Unfortunately, the majority of people who were depressed received treatment by general practitioners or family doctors (60.7 percent) and only 40% received care provided by a mental health specialist, such as psychiatrists or psychotherapists (33.0 percent), psychologists (25.4 percent) or counselors (24.4 percent).
According to a recent report issued by the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, 6.8 percent of adults had at least one Major Depressive Episode in the past year. The number of people affected by depression is on the rise. In fact, the number of adults who experienced depression significantly increased from 14.2 million in 2005 to 15.5 million in 2010. In 2010, the percentage of women diagnosed with depression was higher among women than among men (8.4 vs. 5.1 percent). Among the 15.5 million adults who had depression in the past year, only 68.2 percent received treatment (i.e., including talking to a medical doctor or other professional or used prescription medication). Women were more likely to have received treatment for depression (72.9 vs. 59.8 percent). If most people are not getting adequate treatment for depression, their condition is likely to worsen.
Because our treatment for depression relies on evidence based practices, our Intensive Outpatient Program shares many common methods with other successful treatment methods. The foundation of our treatment program for relies on the principles of the stages of change, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused treatment, skills training and identifying repetitive dysfunctional behavioral relationship patterns to promote recovery from depression and other mental health disorders. In Tennessee, most people do not receive adequate treatment for depression. About 3.7% of all adults will have serious thoughts of suicide. Furthermore, less half of all individuals with any mental illness in Tennessee will receive mental health treatment. However, our Intensive Outpatient Program in Memphis, TN that has been proven to be effective in the treatment of these disorders in six peer reviewed treatment outcome studies. Our treatment center provides services to those who need more treatment than one hour a week, but less than 24 hour care, by providing three hours of treatment per day, three to five days per week, in an intensive outpatient setting. It is also important to keep in mind that women and men often experience depression differently and therefore the presence of depression may also appear differently based on gender. If you or a loved one is showing signs of depression or anxiety, they should be assessed by a trained mental health professional who can help design a treatment plan for depression that can result in recovery. Treatment for depression and anxiety can be highly successful and people who have completed our program have resulted in our treatment program receiving very highly consumer satisfaction scores and reviews. Call us at 901-682-6136 to schedule an appointment.
1) Results from the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Mental Health Findings, NSDUH Series H-42, HHS Publication No. (SMA) 11-4667. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2012.