Study: No mental care given to most new people on antidepressants

08/9/2006 | Washington Post, The

At least two-thirds of patients on antidepressants for less than a month, a time of heightened risk of suicidal behavior, never receive psychiatric therapy, a study says. Medco Health Solutions, the pharmacy benefit manager that did the study, said two-thirds of children never received psychiatric care within a month of beginning drug treatment and an even greater percentage of adults did not. Medco blamed the failure on a shortage of practitioners, the cost of therapy and a lack of follow-up by doctors.

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