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Policy Brief Describing Major Depression and Treatment among Rural Adults

Rural and Underserved Health Research Center
Publication Date: Jul 01, 2020

Major Depression, Treatment Receipt, and Treatment Sources among Non-Metropolitan and Metropolitan Adults

This policy brief from the Rural and Underserved Health Research Center examines the receipt of treatment for major depression in non-metropolitan and metropolitan areas. Depression remains common, afflicting approximately 7% of both non-metropolitan and metropolitan areas. Receipt of treatment fell into two categories: use of prescription drugs or talking to a medical doctor or other professional about depressive feelings. Rates of using prescription medication and rates of visiting a general practice/family doctor were higher in non-metropolitan than metropolitan adults. A shortage of mental health specialists in non-metropolitan areas may partially explain the difference in treatment receipt.

 

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Major Depression, Treatment Receipt, and Treatment Sources among Non-Metropolitan and Metropolitan Adults

 

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