Diagnosis and Treatment Have Changed: Depression and Anxiety Have Not

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Researchers investigating the state of mental health in Canadians from 1994 to 2008 found no change over time, but “the frequency of diagnosis and treatment appears to be increasing and perceptions of extreme distress are decreasing.” Though there was no change in the prevalence of major depression or the frequency of severe distress, there were increases in diagnoses of mood disorders and in the use of antidepressants while the proportion of the population reporting that their life was extremely stressful decreased. Results will appear in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]

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