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Root-cause intervention an opportunity to mitigate major depression costs

Depression is one of the most noteworthy root causes of costly conditions that doesn’t reliably present in the clinic. More than 15.5 million Americans have major depression – more then the populations of Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City combined. That means that within every health plan are individuals living with depression. They suffer in myriad ways, and the treatment of depression’s comorbidities is particularly costly. Treating people with depression costs around $4,000 more annually than treating those without it, and a study in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that: Only 40% of the costs associated with major depression are directly related to treating the condition. Major depression is associated with higher risk for heart disease, obesity, stroke,… read more