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Adults With Major Depressive Episodes Often Don’t Consult a Professional

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that 38.3 percent of the 15.2 million American adults who experienced a major depressive episode in the past year did not talk to a health provider or an alternative service provider. General practitioners and family doctors were the most common sources of help among those who did talk to a health care provider (nearly 35 percent) about their depression. About 20 percent of people who consulted a professional spoke to a psychiatrist or psychotherapist, and 16.3 percent spoke to a psychologist.

“This report shows that too many Americans still needlessly suffer in silence instead of reaching out to providers for help in getting them on the road to recovery through effective treatment and supports,” said Paolo del Vecchio, the director of SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services.

The SAMHSA report, More than One Third of Adults with a Major Depressive Episode Did Not Talk to a Professional, is attached.