Depressive Syndrome

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Untreated clinical depression and other mental illnesses can result in serious consequences for individuals, families, and society. RAND research seeks to optimize the use of effective treatments for depression whether in a primary care setting or by psychiatric professionals, and to understand the impact of depressive disorders on various populations, including new mothers, teens, substance users, and those with other illnesses such as HIV/AIDS or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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    Essay

    There's Help for Veterans with Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

    Nov 4, 2020

    Many post-9/11 veterans who have PTSD or depression also struggle with substance use. There are clinically proven treatments to help break the cycle of the co-occurring disorders, but the VA and other facilities need guidance on how to expand and enhance treatment opportunities for these veterans.

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    Research Brief

    How to Transform Mental Health Care in the United States

    Jan 11, 2021

    With scientific advances, Medicaid expansion, and political consensus on the importance of improving mental health, the time is ripe for transforming the U.S. mental health system. This will mean structural reforms that address patients' challenges in finding, accessing, and receiving high-quality and timely care.

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