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Depression Rates Surge By 33 Percent Since 2013, Study Finds

Depression Rates Surge By 33 Percent Since 2013, Study Finds”

Major depression affects more than nine million commercially insured patients in the USA, according to the study.

Depression can affect mood, productivity, appetite, and general wellbeing.

Recent findings from a study conducted by Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) show that more Americans are suffering from major depression than ever before.

Diagnosis rates in 2016 varied by as much as 300 percent between states, from a high of 6.4 percent in Rhode Island to lows of 2.1 percent in Hawaii and 3.2 percent in Nevada.

This report by Blue Cross Blue Shield highlights the concern regarding mental health trends in the another side, a new report from the health insurer Cigna, discovered that most Americans are lonely, and another new report by American Psychiatric Association poll found that anxiety rate among Americans is increased by 40% compared to previous year.

Although there has been a little progress in the way depression is being treated with medications as well as psychotherapy, many people diagnosed with depression either experience significant delays in their treatment or remain untreated, said Debra Wentz, New Jersey association of mental health and addiction agencies' CEO and President. Women and men with depression may on average lose up to 9.7 years of healthy life, the report says.

"I wouldn't say that social media is responsible for a rise in depression - more the being rushed and lack of connections that we have in the structure of how we live lives now", she added.

Some scientists have even suggested that depression may directly cause greater systematic inflammation which, in turn, can lead to blood clotting and vessel failures.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Study Shows Surge in Major Depression Diagnoses

The rise in depression has hit people of all ages. "The earlier we identify teenagers who show signs of depression, the better the outcome".

During that period, depression rates soared by 47 percent among millennials and 65 percent adolescent girls and 47% among adolescent boys, the report claims. "The high rates for adolescents and millennials could have a substantial health impact for decades to come".

People with major depression also use health care services more than those without a depression diagnosis, resulting in significantly higher health care spending - about $10,673 compared to $4,283.

As documented by the BCBS data, the geography of depression's upward march among people of all ages is similar. Eighty-five percent of people with major depression have one or more other serious chronic health conditions, and almost 30 percent have four or more other health conditions, according to the report authors. Those rates increased 63 percent among teens and 47 percent among millennials.

"According to National Institute of Mental Health there are 16.2 million adults in the USA that had a least one major depressive episode", according to Anthony Drago, the chairman of the department of psychology at East Stroudsburg University.

However, where healthcare was available, those with depression were far more likely to utilize healthcare and accrue higher costs. The guidelines for the first time also endorse a universal adolescent depression screening for children age 12 and over, which already is recommended by the AAP. The report showed that 5.8 percent of 35-to 49-year-olds had major depression in 2016, compared to 4.6 percent three years before.

"Further education and research is needed to identify methods for both physicians and patients to effectively treat major depression and begin a path to recovery and better overall health", said Trent Haywood, in the press release.

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