What are the Biggest Challenges to Treating Depression?

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Obviously, some of the biggest challenges in treating depression is recognizing it. A lot of times people want to sort of label themselves, or label family members as some for the character weakness, or you can just pull yourself up by your bootstraps, I had a hard life, so what's the big deal, get over it.

That's something that most patients come in telling me they've been told to get over it. So, either it's minimized or it's not addressed, it's not recognized, and even if all of these things are acknowledged, people don't get help, they are really, really scared. There's some sort of misunderstanding or misconception about mental health as sort of this scary nebulous form of medicine that people even recognize it as that.

We see that less than 25% of people actually get help and get treatment. So, only one out of four people who actually have depression get diagnosed, and get the proper help that they need because a lot of times people look at this as character flaw or personality weakness, not realizing that it is biologically based medical illness.

And I would say is progressive as we are in this country, and one of the things that you can look at is if you look at sort of the Self Help Book industry. Most people in United States are seeking self improvement, is very much out of our life if you look at some of the biggest TV shows, and some of the books that sell it's because people want to improve their lives, yet even still in Americans do often have a lot of difficulty in asking for help, and you see this in other cultures as well as in the UK and Japan, and sort of more Eastern India and China.

People don't even believe in the concept of depression, so they definitely use a stigma, and I think lack of awareness and blame towards the person.