Major depression on the rise, so is cost of treatment

Major depression is on the rise and costing the health care system money and resources. 

Lynne Adkins
May 19, 2018 - 9:45 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Major depression is on the rise and costing the health care system money and resources. 

Nine-million Americans suffer major depression according to a new study from Blue Cross Blue Shield. Dr. Ginny Calega, vice president for Medical Management and Policy at Independence Blue Cross, explains the company's survey.

"Overall, depression diagnoses had increased 33% since 2013," Calega said. "The rise was even faster among millenials and adolescents, it was up 47% for millenials and 63% for teens.

And Calega says women are diagnosed twice as often as men.

She says the numbers show where money and resources need to be focused. The costs of depression are also on the rise. Dr. Calega says health care spending for the average person is around $4,000 a year and it's more than twice that for those with depression.