As depression becomes more common, only a quarter of the depressed population is adequately treated.
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Question: How common is depression? Dr. Ziad Nahas: This projected to be two in terms of the total burden that can not be across all medical illnesses, not just psychiatric in 2020. So, it will come second after cardiovascular disease and in fact in terms of disabilities now it considered to be number 1. And that's primarily because depression has mainly the younger folks at a time when they can be very productive as well, which then cut down quite a bit in terms of productivity and this is where typically the socio-economic measures for burden comes from. Although it is so common, only half of the patients are identified by either mental health professionals or general physicians. And out of those half of them are adequately treated. So now where quarter of the whole depressed population is adequately treated at one point and out of those only a part of those do respond to the treatment.

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