Half the Depression is handled incorrectly

Every fifth German suffering during his life to of Depression, many will be affected severely. A study now shows that over 50 percent of the patients experienced no appropriate treatment – many get no help at all.

The majority of patients in Germany with severe Depression do not receive adequate therapy. The findings of a new study by the Bertelsmann Foundation. 56 percent of the severely Depressed are treated, therefore, insufficient, so only with antidepressants or psychotherapy, but not a combination of both.

18 percent of patients are not treated according to the survey. Only 26 percent would like the guidelines provided for a combined treatment with medication and therapy or a treatment in a clinic.

Especially in the country therapies lack

Accordingly, there are considerable regional differences: The overall best care in a comparison of the countries there are in North Rhine-Westphalia and Hesse. The conclusion of the lights are in Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia and the Saarland. A cause of the differences in the offer of psychotherapists or to appropriate specialists whether.

At least psycho-therapeutic treatments, according to the study in rural circles, in Thuringia, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Bavaria. The city-States and the States of Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia and Saxony have a relatively good deal.

Study author Martin Härter, University hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) warned of the consequences of an inadequate treatment. "The results are alarming. Depression is not treated adequately, can you chronic werden", he explained. Even more serious the suicide risk. On average, each of the seventh to take a hard Depressed life.

For the study, anonymised data from the six million policyholders of the operation, and Guild health insurance funds were analyzed. It is, according to the Bertelsmann Foundation’s representative.