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

In 2010, I escaped from four long years of deep, dark depression. This blog shares lessons I learned from those years as depicted in my autobiography - How I Escaped from Depression - as well as other insights about depression and anxiety that only come from someone who has gone through it. When you have a heart attack, you become an expert in heart attacks. When you have diabetes, you become an expert in that condition. As such, I am an expert in depression, with a four-year experiential degree and graduate studies in how to live a life going forward that keeps the ever-lurking Depression at a healthy distance.
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