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New depression and anxiety treatment goals defined

, so mental health professionals and patients need to understand that remission and recovery need to reflect the fluidity of life.

In addition to Nemeroff, Harding and Manning, roundtable participants included representatives from such organizations as the American Psychiatric Association, the National Mental Health Consumers Self-Help Clearinghouse, the National People of Color Consumer/Survivor Network, the Consumer Organization Networking and Technical Assistance Center, the National Depressive and Manic Depressive Association (NDMDA) and the New York State Office of Mental Health.

-Education and Political Action Explored-

In addition to finding common ground in treatment goals, the participants also urged that primary care physicians, family practitioners and internists must be further educated about mood disorders causes, treatments and outcomes and how to help their depression and anxiety patients understand their illnesses and the recovery process.

Additionally, participants pressed for political action to reap social changes in mental health treatment and for increased research funding to examine not just the roots of mood disorders but also patients treatment outcomes.

-About Depression and Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)-

Clinical depression is one of the most common mental illnesses, affecting more than 19 million Americans each year. Depression causes people to lose pleasure from daily life, can complicate other medical conditions and can be serious enough to lead to suicide. Fewer than half of those suffering from this illness seek treatment.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) affects about four million Americans every year. The illness is characterized by six months or more of exaggerated worry and tension that is unfounded or much more severe than the normal anxiety most people experience. People with this disorder are unable to relax and often experience physica
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Porter Novelli
3-Dec-2001


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