A new study just presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry shows that older Mexican-America males are getting depressed at the same rate as their white non-Hispanic counterparts but not getting treatment for it.
The research coming out of the University of California, Davis shows that 70% of the Mexican-American men studied didn’t get any treatment for depression compared to 25% of the white elderly male partipants.
The study also shows that whether the Hispanic male spoke English or not, did not matter nor did it matter if they were U.S. born or foreign born – all these men had poor rates of getting treatment for depression. Even having insurance coverage for the illness didn’t appear to improve treatment rates.
It is important to note that regardless of race or ethnicity the rate of men getting treatment for mental depression is lower then women, due in great part to stigma.
The next phase of the study will be to understand why older Latino men are not seeking out treatment for their depression and what can be done about it.