Over 60% of depression patients not undergone treatment
Updated: 2005-10-10 15:37
The number of depression patients in China recently exceeded 26 million,
about 60 percent of whom never go to the hospital, according to China Mental
Activities aiming to increase public awareness of depression and its
treatment were launched in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhouon Monday.
Cai Zhuoji, director of China Mental Health Association, said that among
depression sufferers in China, less than 10 percent get proper medical
The diagnosis and medical treatment rates of depression in local hospitals
are also very low, acknowledged Cai.
The association will organize experts to educate hospital doctors around the
country about depression.
Ten to 15 percent of depression sufferers commit suicide, and anywhere from
50 to 70 percent of the suicides or attempted suicides in China have been
attributed to the cause of mental depression.