Major depression rate escalating in US, especially among teens and young adults, says report

Major depression rate escalating in US, especially among teens and young adults, says report

There seems to be a steep increase in depression-related cases being reported in the United States. According to a recent report by health insurer Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS), there has been a 33 percent rise in the diagnosis of major depression in the U.S. across every demographic. The increase seems to be at a faster pace among millennials (47 percent) and adolescents. The report also cited that major depression has a diagnosis rate of 4.4 percent in the U.S. and affects more than 9 million commercially insured Americans.

As per the report, individuals with major depression are more likely to suffer from other health-related complications and are nearly 30 percent less healthy than those who are not diagnosed with the disease. This translates to nearly a decade of healthy life lost for both men and women. As per the report, 85 percent of diagnosed individuals reported one or more additional behavioral, chronic health-related conditions while nearly 30 percent suffered from more than four or more problems.

The report also showed how individuals diagnosed with major depression needed and used health care services more than those diagnosed with other health-related conditions. In 2016, the corporation spent $10,673 on members diagnosed with major depression compared to $4,283 spent on those without depression. The results came after BCBS analyzed more than 40 million medical claims of the members were patients of major depression.

Rise of depression among teens

According to the report, between 2013 and 2016, there was a 63 percent increase in diagnosed cases of depression among teens (aged 12-17 years) with girls experiencing a 65 percent increase compared to a 47 percent rise among the boys. In 2016, 3.1 million American adolescents suffered from a major depressive episode (MDE) in the past year, out of which an estimated 1.2 million youths received treatment, which is not even half. Additionally, 2.2 million adolescents had a past year MDE with severe impairments, out of which only 1 million received professional treatment.

The alarming increase is a cause of concern as the problems can carry into the adult life, interfering with daily tasks and deteriorating the overall quality of life. If the teens remain untreated for their mental disorders, there’s a likelihood of them falling prey to substance abuse and other illicit activities.

Sound mental health is essential for a person’s emotional and social well-being. It helps in building strong relationships, developing resilience, adapting to environmental changes and dealing with daily life challenges. The mental health needs of children are all the more important as they are the future of the nation. When left untreated, mental illnesses may pose a serious threat to a teen’s life. Teen depression treatment should be given due importance rather than dismissing the symptoms as mood changes or a temporary phase.

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