Significant numbers of people are experiencing episodes of depression without being diagnosed, according to a new survey.
A poll conducted by California-based Epocrates found that clinicians believe many individuals with depression are not receiving treatment as doctors are hesitant to diagnose the condition.
The study showed this reluctance stems from patients' resistance to acknowledge their mental health concerns due to issues such as the social stigma associated with depression, reports Medical News Today.
And although existent with a number of symptoms and forms, an expert has commented on the potential consequences of the condition going untreated.
"Early recognition and intervention are important to prevent the loss of jobs, damage to relationships or suicidal thoughts," commented Dr John Luo, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behaviour.
The report also revealed that 30 per cent of clinicians say they are less likely to discuss depression with male patients.
Many people experience the condition with varying severity and can be affected by symptoms such as insomnia, anxiety and emotional exhaustion.