Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Stigma Keeps Teens From Depression Treatment

WEDNESDAY, May 27 (HealthDay News) — Concern about their family’s reaction to their depression is a major reason why many teens don’t seek treatment, new research suggests. In the study, which included 368 teens and one parent or guardian of each teen, half of the teens had been diagnosed with depression. The teens and the adults were asked to rate possible barriers to depression treatment, including cost of care, concerns over perceptions of others, difficulties making appointments with a doctor or therapist, constraints due to time and other responsibilities, not wanting family members to know about the depression (asked of teens only), the unavailability of good care and simply not desiring treatment.

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