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Depression research is severely underfunded. Depression ranks as one of the World Health Organization's top global concerns, and is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide. Yet, compared to other list-topping illnesses like cancer and heart disease, depression research receives only a fraction of the funding.

Cancer research is consistently one of the most funded illnesses at the NIH, receiving more than 90% more funding than depression. Yet the populations impacted by depression and cancer are very similar in size. The NNDC is working to advance scientific discovery for depressive and bipolar illnesses, but without proper funding we can only get so far.

Nursing Homes are Turning Away Patients With Mental Health Issues

by Daniel D. Sewell, MD, Director, Senior Behavioral Health, UC San Diego Medical Center

Chemical restraint is a serious problem in nursing homes. History has shown that psychotropic medications tend to be overused in order to keep residents with problem behaviors such as wandering or combativeness subdued or “under control.” In other words, there are documented instances when serious psychiatric drugs are given to people who might not have needed them... Although this system was created with good intentions, as a geriatric psychiatrist I see the negative consequences firsthand.

(Read: Care For Your Mind blog)

Care For Your Mind acknowledges and appreciates the collaboration of the National Network of Depression Centers and the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry in developing this post.

 

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