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April 1981

Depression and Its Treatment in a US Urban Community—1975-1976

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Psychiatry (Dr Weissman) and Epidemiology (Drs Weissman and Thompson), School of Medicine, and the Department of Sociology (Dr Myers), Yale University, New Haven, Conn; and the Depression Research Unit, Connecticut Mental Health Center, New Haven, Conn (Dr Weissman).

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1981;38(4):417-421. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1981.01780290051005

• Data on the current prevalence of depression and its treatment derive from a longitudinal community survey conducted in 1975-1976 in New Haven, Conn. The results show the high prevalence of depression based on the Research Diagnostic Criteria. While persons with a depression use the psychiatric and general medical health care systems more frequently than those without a depression, the overall number of those who see a psychiatrist, receive a tricyclic antidepressant, or receive any treatment for their emotional problems from any source is low. Persons with a depression who do not receive treatment especially for their emotional problems make relatively frequent visits to nonpsychiatric physicians. Men and older persons who are depressed receive the least treatment.

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