Rates of Major Depression Up Among US Insured, Esp. Youth

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The report from Blue Cross Blue Shield also shows a link between other health conditions and major depression. Minnesota's millennials ranked second highest in the US behind Utah, with a depression rate of 6.3 percent. Also reports in 2016 say that about 15% of the diagnosed 9 million Americans got affected by depression alone and the remaining 85% were taking other medical treatments.

"The high rates for adolescents and millennials could have a substantial health impact for decades to come", Trent Haywood, the group's senior vice president and chief medical officer, said in a statement. The rate increased faster among millennials (47 percent) and adolescents (47 percent for boys, 65 percent for girls). "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". The study revealed that, on average, a person with major depression spends more than twice as much on healthcare annually as someone without depression ($10,673 versus $4,283 in 2016).

One potential factor for the quick jump in major depression rates among teens and kids is increased screen time.

Earlier this year, the American Academy of Pediatrics updated its guidelines on treating teen depression, including endorsing a universal screening for children ages 12 and over.

Women living in Minnesota tied with ME for having the highest depression diagnosis rate in the country, with a rate of 8.1 percent.

Whereas, North Dakota has the depression rate of 5%, which is similar to 20 other states of United States. According to the report, Tennessee's rate of depression is five percent, on the upper end of the spectrum.

Utah, Minnesota, Rhode Island, and ME had the highest rates of major depression diagnosis at about 6 percent, while Hawaii had the lowest at 2 percent.

Guastello suggests that higher depression numbers may indicate that more people are recognizing the need to seek assistance.

According to World Health Organisation, more than 300 million people suffer from depression worldwide. "If we can take intervention now, we should see the depression rate plateau and start to decelerate in a few years".

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