9. More on the Study Covered on the Previous Post

Nearly one-fourth of women in the 40s and 50s take antidepressants. But it’s not high usage that most worries the author of the study, Laura Pratt. It is

low usage. Her study found that only one-third of people with severe depression are getting the medication and treatment they need. Many are young, poor, or minorities. A lot of things keep people from being treated, but lack of access is a huge barrier. Many new drugs are outrageously expensive and frequently not covered by insurance…and other people don’t have insurance. More and more people are coming through the emergency room doors due to overdoses, suicide attempts, or mental health issues who are not receiving regular mental health care.

My question to you is this: how can we help these people? We feed the poor and provide places for them to sleep. But if one of these poor ones is depressed, it is a worse pain than lack of food, clothing, or shelter. It is mental anguish like what Job went through in the Bible. My ministry is to the depressed, and these people are not being reached. What can I do to change these dreadful statistics? What can any of you do?

About Patrick Day

triumphoverdepression.org This blog is my ministry to support those who are depressed, in gratefulness for my having overcome major depression. Read "About Patrick Day" just to the right of "home" on the top of the blog site to find out more particulars about me. I retired from a career in higher education, where I served as Dean of Instruction, and promptly moved into a life of purposelessness and despair for five years, finally coming out on the other side. I am now an author, a business and life coach, a writer of this blog, and a volunteer for various organizations. What I write about in this blog is not hypothetical comments on depression. I have been there, felt the horrible pain, had my life disrupted, and experienced everything that I write about. I pray that I may be a blessing to you.
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