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E. Pay Attention to the Early Signs of Depression

Narrator: This is Science Today. Even with medicine like Prozac available to treat depression, a new study by Dr. Lewis Judd of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, found that many people do not seek help.

Judd: I think there are a lot of reasons why people do not identify it in themselves and report it. The first is that people are not aware that they have an illness. They think it's just a phase of life that will go away. But it is I can fix myself, I'm strong, I just have to pull myself up on my boot straps, there's nothing really wrong with me.

Narrator: Judd says some physicians are still not able to recognize the early signs of depression and write it off as the patient just feeling down.

Judd: People with depression, a significant component of it are suicidal ideation and suicidal behavior, and if not treated it can be potentially lethal. So these are the issues, but really what is most encouraging is that we've entered a scientific era in which we know a great deal about this illness and we have many different ways to treat it that are quite effective.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin