Columbia University Medical Center
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital The University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell
Antidepressants Have Helped Not Only My Patients, But Myself
February 1, 2010

The debate about these medications obscures larger social issues as well. In general, most patients with major depression receive no treatment. Many patients have difficulty telling a doctor that they feel depressed because of fears of stigma and shame. Of those who get treatment, most obtain it from primary-care doctors, not mental-health professionals. Yet general practitioners receive little training in psychiatry. Many insurance plans cover little, if any, psychotherapy.

Klitzman is a psychiatrist, the author of When Doctors Become Patients, and director of the Master's of Bioethics program at Columbia University.

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