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6. Recognize and Treat Depression

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Depression remains a common yet serious illness. Depression often coexists with other disorders and is associated with an increased risk of chronic diseases. Despite the known effectiveness of treatment, depression is often undetected and untreated for many reasons, including lack of insurance, limited behavioral health system capacity, and the stigma of mental illness.To improve access to care, the Health Department continues to promote routine screening for depression in primary care settings, public education about depression and treatment, and policies to integrate health and mental health care.

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Last Updated 1/31/13