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Study: Most people who are depressed not getting help

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - The majority of people who are depressed are not getting treatment, according to a new study.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released an eight page report from a study that breaks down depression by demographics like age, sex, income and race.

Results show 7.6 percent of Americans age 12 and older had moderate or severe depressive symptoms in the last two weeks.

Only about one-third of people who reported having severe depression symptoms are seeking help.

"That's part of the stigma that's involved with it- the masking of symptoms, trying to cope with it on their own thinking that it will go away,” clinical psychologist Dr. David Van Pelt said. “But it's something else that can grow and become worse."

In the study, women ages 40 to 59 had the highest rate of depression.

“That demographic is kind of what we call a sandwich generation. They're caught between raising their own kids and also taking care of their parents,” Van Pelt said.

He says a combination of life changes like children going away to school and parents becoming ill can cause symptoms.

“It's not like all of sudden gets depressed when they hit 40,” Van Pelt said. “It's something that kind of develops over the course of the time.”

Men of the same age group showed similar tendencies, according to the study. But the depression rate in men for all ages was lower than women.

“Men tend to hide their depression or it gets masked because either they aren't as in touch with their feelings or emotions so they can't describe it as well,” Van Pelt said. “But also because men tend to use more substances to kind of block those feelings out.”

The study also found people living below the poverty line were twice more likely to be depressed than those living at or above the line.

See the full report here.

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