90 Pct of China’s Depression Sufferers Fail to Get Proper Treatment – Xinhua

From Xihua, via People’s Daily Online:

90 percent of the 30 million people in China suffering from depression fail to get proper treatment due to worries about discrimination and a lack of professional psychiatrists, according to the Chinese Psychiatrist Association (CPA).

But for the 10 percent that did receive medical assistance, the results appear to be encouraging. The clinical cure rate among depression sufferers who seek hospitalization has hit a new high of 35 percent, according to the CPA.

Some patients refuse to take medication as they believe mental anguish can only be relieved by encouragement and support. Others are reluctant to see psychiatrists for fear of being discriminated against by their peers.[Full Text]

May 20, 2007 5:11 AM
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