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Most US citizens with major depression are untreated or undertreated

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 07 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c113
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    Few US citizens with major depression are appropriately treated with Mexican-Americans and African-Americans the least likely to receive treatment recommended in national guidelines, a study has found (Arch Gen Psych 2010;67:37-46).

    Another study in the same journal says that office based psychiatrists are increasingly prescribing two and three antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs, including some combinations of unproved efficacy, putting patients at heightened risk of drug interactions and with uncertain clinical gains (Arch Gen Psych 2010;67:26-36).

    The first study looked at the …

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