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May 20, 2020

Helpful Treatment of Depression—Delivering the Right Messages

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli,” Naples, Italy
JAMA Psychiatry. 2020;77(8):784-786. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2020.0363

In a study conducted across 16 countries and published in the current issue of JAMA Psychiatry, Harris et al1 report (1) a lifetime prevalence of DSM-IV major depressive disorder (MDD)—ascertained by lay interviewers—ranging more than 5-fold across low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) (from 2.9% to 16.9%) and high-income countries (HICs) (from 3.0% to 16.7%); (2) percentages of patients with MDD stating that they ever obtained treatment ranging from 7.0% to 35.7% across LMICs and from 23.8% to 56.2% across HICs; and (3) a proportion of these latter patients indicating that treatment had been “helpful” ranging from 34.6% to 76.0% across LMICs and from 46.5% to 90.7% across HICs.

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