Survey Reveals Negative Attitudes Towards Mood Disorders

A new Harris poll created by the National Alliance for Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization with affiliates in 65 cities, captures national attitudes about mood disorders. The survey reveals surprising findings, including an increase in reported stigma-created barriers to treatment for depression – from 72% in 2009 to 84% today. NAMI’s Chief Medical Officer, Ken Duckworth, MD, sheds light on how to interpret these findings, and how the support of friends and family can be a life-changer for people suffering from debilitating emotions.
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