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Treatment of Depression and Anxiety Has Long-term Benefits

womanA Canadian researcher says most people are not getting the type of treatment they need for depression and anxiety.

According to the Mood Disorder Society of Canada, about 1.3 million Canadians suffer from depression.

Ian Colman, an assistant professor from the University of Alberta School of Public Health, and his research team decided to perform a study to see the long term effects of taking antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications.

The team studied a group of 200 people who were diagnosed with either depression or anxiety. Of that group, 45 were on medication.

The group of 200 had their mental health assessed in 1989 through a series of questions in a survey asking about their illness and what, if any, treatments they were on. Ten years later the group took a similar questionnaire.

Colman says they were surprised to find those who were not using antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications were three times more likely to be suffering from depression or anxiety 10 years later.

“This is a significant find,” said Colman.

“What this tells us is that, if people get treated initially, they are less likely to have a relapse in the future. This could be a significant benefit, not only for the patient but also for the health-care system as it’s estimated the economic costs in Canada associated with depression are $14 billion per year.”

Colman says depression and anxiety have a stigma attached to them and that people are often afraid to admit they have a mental disorder. But he hopes this new information will help people realize the long-term benefits of getting help right away.

Source: University of Alberta

Treatment of Depression and Anxiety Has Long-term Benefits

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Treatment of Depression and Anxiety Has Long-term Benefits. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 21, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2008/10/02/treatment-of-depression-and-anxiety-has-long-term-benefits/3051.html

 

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