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DEPRESSION: Out of the Shadows
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Ask an Expert: Depression in the World
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National Alliance on Mental Illness: www.nami.org

Transcript

How do other countries manage depression care?

DR. CHARLES NEMEROFF: There is a-- a tremendous discrepancy between psychiatric care provided in The United States and those in other countries. So if the situation you just described to me of someone living in poverty becomes depressed, despondent, and is thinking about suicide, and they're living in Copenhagen or they're living in Stockholm or they're living in Amsterdam, and they go see their family physician, they are admitted to a psychiatric hospital where they will stay for, pick a number, 30 days, 60 days, 90 days, as long as necessary to treat them appropriately.

The length of stay in our psychiatric hospitals is, on average, seven days, eight days. And then the insurance companies force us to discharge patients before they're well. So for people with really severe depression, there's a revolving door in which they-- they get somewhat stabilized. But what-- the way I would like to treat a patient would be to admit them, to take them off of all of their medications, to assess them for a few days, to actually be able to see what their diagnosis really is, then to develop a treatment plan, both pharmacologically and psychosocially to involve vocational rehabilitation, to involve the family, to involve their significant others, to put together a comprehensive treatment plan the way it's done in other countries.

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Causes of Depression | Suicide | Depression in Youth | Depression in Elders | Depression Treatment

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