Study: Doctors Don’t Always Spot Depression

Although the stigma once associated with mental illness has receded in recent years, most of the 12 million Americans who have clinical depression still don’t get treated for it, partly because many are too embarrassed to go to a psychologist. In fact, according to mental-health professionals, the majority of depressed people who seek professional help turn first not to a psychologist, but to their primary care physician. But do regular doctors really know how to identify depression A large new scientific review published today by the journal Lancet suggests they don’t.