New York, April 23, 2002 The ability to fully engage in and enjoy family, personal and community activities is a critical milestone on the way to overcoming depression, according to the first survey to define treatment success through the eyes of people with depression. Nearly one-third of people who achieved virtual elimination (remission) of their depression symptoms said the strongest indicator that they were able to go on and live depression-free was the ability to re-engage in family life, followed by participation in hobbies and community service. The survey was conducted as part of the newGOAL! Go On And Live awareness campaign intended to help illustrate what it means to achieve virtual elimination of depression symptoms and once again fully engage in and enjoy the areas of life that make people who they are.
The GOAL! survey confirms what I see in my own patients -- achieving remission of depression symptoms allows people to take pleasure again in the activities most meaningful to them, which they could not undertake while depressed or when not on the right therapy, says Norman Sussman, M.P.A., M.D., F.A.P.A., clinical professor of psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine. Too many doctors and patients are settling for a partial response to depression treatment, which doesnt let people get back to a full quality of life. Patients and their doctors should be looking for options that have the greatest likelihood of getting them there.
Once my symptoms were pretty much eliminated, I was able to rediscover the joys in my life, says Delta Burke, who, despite her public persona as a comedic actress, has struggled with depression for nearly 30 years before achieving remission of her symptoms. Now, I am pursuing the things I love to do, particularly my acting career. I have renewed energy and interest in life, which has improved my relationship with my husband, my family and my community. Delta Burke is the official spokesPage: 1 2 3 4 Related medicine news :1
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