Major depressive disorder is a mental disorder characterized by affective symptoms (e.g., depressed mood), cognitive symptoms (e.g., difficulty with concentration), and somatic symptoms (e.g., appetite or weight changes). Not all depressed individuals who feel they require treatment for depression receive it. What are some barriers to receiving treatment for depression?
In a recent paper, published in the August issue of Psychiatric Services, Chekroud and colleagues examine reasons why people diagnosed with depression do not obtain treatment — even though they acknowledge the need for it. A model to identify such individuals is also discussed.