Getting Enough Relief

According to the June 7 issue of the Wall Street Journal, more Americans are seeking treatment for mental illness than ever before, but most of them do not receive adequate care, according to a major new government study. In the once per decade report funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), researchers found that a quarter of Americans had a psychiatric disorder in the year preceding the survey, and 40% of them sought treatment, compared only 25% of people seeking treatment in the previous report a decade ago. The NIH finding was that only one third of those affected received even "minimally adequate" care – that was defined by researchers as to get at least two months of appropriate medication and see a doctor at least four times, or are at least eight sessions of psychotherapy than 30 minutes or more. Also notable was that only 12% of patients saw a general practitioner have adequate care compared to almost half of those who see a psychiatrist or other specialist. Do yourself a favor and make an appointment with a psychiatrist. If you do not receive a correct diagnosis will not receive the correct treatment. Many patients do not receive adequate relief from antidepressants. Within the next few weeks, the FDA is exected to approve the first long-term treatment option for the treatment of chronic or recurrent, resistant depression: vagus nerve stimulation.

For additional information, visit There is a free electronic newsletter to keep you up to date on the latest developments. Learn more about how this therapy can bring genuine happiness and joy to your life. Also available on the site is the book of the Black Hole: Patient Guide to Vagus nerve stimulation and depression. Do yourself a favor and become fully informed about this extraordinary device. It could change your life. Charles Donovan was a patient in the study of the FDA investigation of VNS as a treatment for chronic or recurrent treatment, resistant depression. Was implanted with the vagus nerve stimulator in April 2001. l a recounts his journey from the clutches of depression thanks to vagus nerve stimulation therapy in his book: Out of the Black Hole: Patient Guide to Vagus nerve stimulation and depression The book was exhibited at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, May 21 to May 26 in Atlanta, GA. This was the largest gathering of psychiatrists in the world (25,000 attendees). a l is the founder of the Web Site