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Resources by Topic: Depression

More than Black and White: Differences in Predictors of Obesity among Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders and European Americans
Analyzes predictors of obesity in rural Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Asian American, and European American undergraduate students by examining body mass index (BMI), exercise frequency, symptoms of psychiatric disorders, health outcomes, health status, and health behaviors.
Author(s): Alok Madan, Olga G. Archambeau, Vanessa A. Milsom, et al.
Citation: Obesity, 20(6), 1325-1328
Date: 06/2012
Type: Document
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The Rural Monitor: Services for Rural Veterans
Feature issue focused on services for rural veterans. Discusses medical foster homes and housing for veterans, rural veterans with PTSD, telehealth in rural areas, and getting help for families.
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Healing Invisible Wounds: Programs Help Rural Vets with PTSD and Depression
Highlights programs in Virginia and Montana, where rural veterans suffering from PTSD, depression, and trauma are finding help and support in their local communities.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Depression Literacy: Rates and Relation to Perceived Need and Mental Health Service Utilization in a Rural American Sample
Reports on a study that evaluated the depression literacy of a rural American sample, and examined the relationship of depression literacy with perceived need for and utilization of different types of services for those with emotional problems.
Author(s): Tisha Deen, Ana Bridges
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 11(4), 1803
Date: 11/2011
Type: Document
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Psychiatrists Offer "Face-to-Face" Sessions Via Technology in Washington State
Describes the San Juan County Telepsychiatry Project, which allows patients to speak with psychiatrists without having to take a ferry or drive to the mainland.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 11/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Mental Health Services Are a Critical Rural Need
Reports high rates of depression, suicide, and addiction among rural people, and notes barriers to treatment including lack of anonymity, shortage of detoxification centers, transportation-related problems, and cultural reluctance to seek help with emotional and behavioral stresses. Notes that telemedicine has enabled psychiatrists to treat distance patients effectively, yet initiatives such as this have received little support.
Author(s): Patrick T. Reardon
Citation: Health Progress, 91(5)
Date: 2010
Type: Document
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Help in a Haystack: Youth Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services in the North Country
Addresses substance abuse and mental health problems faced by youth in rural northern New Hampshire.
Author(s): Meghan L. Mills
Date: 2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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Rural-Urban Differences in Depression Care
Assesses the association between rurality and depression care. Compares the use of depression treatment, treatment type (pharmacotherapy or psychotherapy), and quality of care for rural and urban areas among individuals reporting depression.
Author(s): John C. Fortney, Jeffrey S. Harman, Stanley Xu, Fran Dong
Date: 10/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WICHE Center for Rural Mental Health Research
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The Association Between Rural Residence and the Use, Type, and Quality of Depression Care
Reports on the link between rurality and the preference for using pharmacotherapy, rather than psychotherapy, to treat depression among rural populations. Also examines whether individuals with depression in rural areas receive lower quality care than their urban counterparts due to the lack of mental health specialists in rural areas.
Additional links: Policy Brief
Author(s): John C. Fortney, Jeffrey S. Harman, Stanley Xu, Fran Dong
Date: 2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WICHE Center for Rural Mental Health Research
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Rural-Urban Differences in Work Patterns Among Adults With Depressive Symptoms
Examines how depressive symptoms affect employment patterns among young to middle-career adults, with information for rural and urban residents.
Author(s): Lisa Morris, Stephenie Loux, Erika Ziller, David Hartley
Date: 03/2008
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maine Rural Health Research Center
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