November 1998

Depression in men is under-detected and under-treated


Weight of the world: depression in men is under-detected and under-treated

Depression therapy: Using herbal products


Depression is a common condition reported to affect 13 to 20 per cent of the population at any given time, with up to 3.5 per cent experiencing major depression.(f.1) Each year more than 100 million individuals in North America develop symptoms characteristic of clinical depression.(f.2) Conventional treatments have been found effective for approximately 65 to 70 per cent of depressed persons(f.3) and 10 to 15 per cent of the balance have been labelled treatment-resistant depressives."(f.3)

Depression in late life


Older adults suffer from depression more than any other age group in our society. Prevalence may be as high as 10% in persons older than 65 years of age, reaching up to 20% among those 80 years of age or older. Older adults tend to experience a lot of major life changes, changes that can send them spiraling into a depressive state; it might be the death of a spouse or a family member, a change in finances, a sudden bout of poor health, moving into a nursing home, or any new type of environment. Even a short hospital stay can cause problems for an older adult.