This report focuses on treatment for adults who have been diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, also called major depression, clinical depression, or unipolar depression.
Some insurance plans allow patients with depression to receive care from behavioral health providers, such as psychiatrists. This may make results in this measure less accurate for some primary care physicians.
This measure shows the percent of patients in each practice who stay on anti-depressant medication for 12 weeks following their initial diagnosis of major depression. A higher number is better.
Why it is important
Depression takes an emotional toll on individuals and families. Regular conversations with a therapist can help control depression, as well as medication, or a combination of both. Medication for depression takes time to work. Experts feel that 12 weeks are necessary to tell if the medicine is effective. If medication is part of your treatment plan, it is important to continue to take your medications or talk your doctor if the medicine is not working.
What you and your doctor should do
Talk about the best treatment plan that addresses depression.