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Living with depressionIn case you didn't know, October 11th was National Depression Screening Day. If you missed it, then it is still not too late to take an anonymous online assessment. Living with depression is difficult, but how much do we really understand of how depression impacts the person suffering from depression? The person with depression clearly understands that depression is not just a phase, but a real disorder that sets them apart and leads to isolation.
New study examines depression and resulting discriminationThis week U.S. News and World Reports' HealthDay published an article on a new study that examined a global pattern of perceived or anticipated discrimination reported by those who suffer from major depressive disorder. Here is an overview of this study:
- The research was conducted by British researchers using a questionnaire.
- 1082 people from 35 countries completed the questionnaire.
- 79% of the respondents reported experiencing discrimination in at least one life domain
- 37% reported that anticipated discrimination stopped them from initiating close personal relationships
- 25% reported that they had not applied for work because they expected to be discriminated
- However, even though many patients anticipated discrimination, did not experience it. This includes 47% who thought they would face discrimination when applying for a job and 45% who were concerned they would face discrimination in personal relationships.
- Importantly, 71% of the patients said they tried to conceal their depression. (This could keep patients from seeking treatment.)