NAMI survey reveals gaps in understanding of depression: Americans do not believe that they know much about depression, but they are highly aware of the risks of not receiving care, according to a survey conducted for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Three responder groups were surveyed—those who did not know anyone with depression (1,015 persons), caregivers of adults with a diagnosis of depression (263 persons), and adults with the illness (513 persons). Over half (55%) of the first group reported being very or extremely satisfied with their lives overall, compared with 41% of caregivers and 27% adults with depression. In the first group, 71% said that they were not familiar with depression, but 68% knew specific consequences of not receiving treatment, including suicide. Among caregivers, 48% reported that they had a depression diagnosis, and 51% of them were receiving treatment. Nearly 60% of adults with depression reported relying on their primary care physician rather than on mental health professionals for treatment. Two-thirds (67%) said that medication was their primary treatment. Harris Interactive conducted the online survey for NAMI between September 29 and October 7, 2009. The survey was funded by AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly and Company, and Wyeth. The 79-page survey report is available at www.nami.org/depression.