Ask an Expert: Depression in the World
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- How has the medical field historically viewed depression? [1:07]
- Do the United States' public policies adequately address depression treatment? [1:21]
- How do other countries manage depression care? [1:43]
- How will we understand and treat depression in the future? [1:02]
Learn more about depression in the world:
Depression Statistics: English version (PDF, 644k) Spanish version (PDF, 776k)
Depression in Communities of Color: English version (PDF, 636k) Spanish version (PDF, 772k)
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: www.dbsalliance.org
American Psychological Association public policy section: www.apa.org/ppo/pi
National Alliance on Mental Illness: www.nami.org
How will we understand and treat depression in the future?
DR. RICHARD FRIEDMAN: It's gonna look very personalized and genetically individualized, I think. We're gonna be able to characterize and really get to know people on an individual DNA basis and find out what kind of variations do they have that might play a role in their mental illness like depression. What are the biological problems, exactly? Where are they? What genes do they involve? What neurotransmitters are affected by these genetic variations? And what drugs do we need to be thinking about to help make them feel better?