Harvard Mental Health Letter

In Brief: Top reasons for seeking medical care

In Brief

Top reasons for seeking medical care

Mental health problems, such as depression, ranked first among the top three reasons Americans sought medical treatment in 2005, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Mental health visits have increased 30% since 1996. The agency collected data from physicians, medical clinics, and hospital outpatient departments.

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