Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Depressed mums in U.S. fail to get adequate help

Depression in mothers can have a major impact on the entire family, especially on the health and wellbeing of children, and treating depression in mothers can improve the long-term health of their families. However, a study of 2,130 mothers by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has found that 65% of mothers with depression don't receive adequate treatment. Black, Hispanic and other minority mothers were least likely to receive the help they needed. People with health insurance were three times more likely to get proper help than uninsured people.


thomasjasen said...

You must be a foreigner to America's institutional racism. Blacks in amerika, die quicker in hospitals, under police care, and on jobs. Its been the tradition for over 400 years to treat blacks as second class citizens. don't you remember when black women were about to give birth, doctors would say black women were like horses and did not need pain medication.

John Gale said...

Thanks for your comment Thomas. Yes, I'm well aware of the racism and prejudice that is sadly still so prevalent in certain sections of American society. And I think this particular study is probably one of those that confirms common sense rather than adding anything earth shattering. But sometimes politicians and decision makers like or need to have research to point to even if the conclusions are fairly obvious to most people.
Best Wishes,
John Gale,
Mental Health Update