Depression pp 229-242 | Cite as

Planning a Total Treatment Program for the Hospitalized Depressed Patient

  • Robert W. Gibson


It has been estimated that each year some 20 million persons in the United States suffer from depression. In 1971 there were 275,555 admissions for depression to inpatient psychiatric facilities accounting for 22.5% of the total admissions. At 135.3 admissions per 100,000 population, depression was second only to schizophrenia as a cause for psychiatric hospitalization. More than twice as many patients were admitted to outpatient facilities; it is difficult to determine how many were treated by private practitioners and one can only guess how many millions suffering from depression went untreated.


Depressed Patient Sleep Disorder Somatic Complaint Social Withdrawal Secondary Symptom 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert W. Gibson
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  1. 1.Sheppard and Enoch Pratt HospitalTowsonUSA

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