Among the adults with a psychiatric disorder, those whose disorder limited major life activities or caused significant functional impairment are classified as having a serious psychiatric disorders, which includes depression and therefore are in need of depression treatment.  This would include people who were depressed and unable to work or carry out household tasks as well as people who were so anxious or fearful that they could not carry out activities of daily living.  Unfortunately, only 62.9% of adults with serious psychiatric disorders received proper mental health treatment in 2012. This means that most of the people who are depressed do not receive depression treatment.  There are many reasons people do not get depression treatment, including lack of information, denial that they need help, financial barriers, stigma, and difficulty asking for help.

This article looks at state-level estimates of psychiatric disorders, including depression and need for depression treatment, which is based on data that was collected from about 92,400 adults in the 2011 and 2012 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health (NSDUHs).

The national rate of serious psychiatric disorders, including depression, among adults was 4%, which equals to about 9.3 million Americans.  Within each state, the percentage of serious psychiatric disorders in adults ranged between 3.1% in New Jersey and 5.5% in West Virginia. In the Tennessee population, 4.25% of people had serious psychiatric disorders. 

In the U.S, 42.5 million adults experienced any psychiatric disorder within the past year, which corresponds to a rate of 18.2%.  Within each state, rates of all psychiatric disorders ranged between 14.7% in New Jersey and 22.4% in Utah. Tennessee was high with 20.25% of our residents experiencing any type of psychiatric disorder. 

There is a wide range in rates of any psychiatric disorder within the individual states, but the studies do show that there are people with both any psychiatric condition and serious psychiatric disorders within every state in the nation.  Psychiatric disorders are a major public health problem in this country and depression is projected to be the leading cause of disability worldwide by 2020.  This is largely preventable as treatment for depression is successful, but most people do not receive depression treatment.

An average of 1 in 5 people, or 20%, experience some type of psychiatric condition, like depression, substance abuse disorder, and anxiety, according to this national study.  Unfortunately, only about 63% of people receive treatment, including depression treatment.  In 2011, the CDC reported that approximately 25% of all adults in the U.S. (about 1 in 4 people) have some type of psychiatric condition and that about 50% of adults will develop a psychiatric condition at some point in their life.  This means that you or someone close to you will be affected by a psychiatric disorder.  The study further demonstrated that depression estimates were higher in Southeastern states, especially in Tennessee, but most people do not receive depression treatment.  

Anxiety and mood disorders are the most common psychiatric conditions in adults.  Substance abuse disorders, depression, and anxiety can be debilitating.  Symptoms and effects can include depressed mood, impaired concentration, apprehension, feelings of worthlessness and impaired functioning.  Other effects include social, personal, and occupational impairment; disruption of daily function; and suicide or premature death.  The rates for both unintentional (e.g., motor vehicle accidents) and intentional (e.g. suicide and homicide) death and injury are 2 to 6 times higher in those with psychiatric conditions than in the overall general population.  Depression can be fatal.  Depression treatment is widely available and effective.

Because our depression treatment program relies on evidence based practices, our Intensive Outpatient Program shares many common methods with other successful treatment methods.  The foundation of our depression treatment program 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 fact, our Intensive Outpatient Program in Memphis, TN that has been proven to be effective in depression treatment of these disorders in six peer reviewed treatment outcome studies.   Our depression 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.  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 depression treatment plan that can result in recovery.  Depression treatment can be highly successful.  Call us at 901-682-6136 to schedule an appointment.