More than one-third of depressed patients don’t start getting treatment as quickly as they should, according to a study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Researchers found that only 36 percent of participants who were newly diagnosed with depression were prescribed antidepressants or received counseling within 90 days of their diagnosis.

Asian, African-American and Hispanic participants were at least 30 percent less likely to begin treatment compared with white participants, and participants age 60 and older were half as likely to start treatment compared with those younger than age 44. If you or someone you love is diagnosed with depression, remember that getting treatment right away offers the best chance of recovery.

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