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Can Doctors Recognize Depression?

Can Doctors Recognize Depression?

Whether they come through a public service campaign or a pharmaceutical commercial, messages about depression always end the same: Talk to your doctor. But new research begs the question of whether or not that works.

About one in 10 people report symptoms of depression at some point in their lives. But general practitioners may not be well equipped to diagnose or treat the common condition: Fewer than 3 percent of primary care visits include screening for it, according to national data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Even more: As many as one in four depressed …read more

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