The data examined medical claims from more than 41 million commercially insured Blue Cross Blue Shield members from 2013 to 2016 and compared depression rates among states, age groups and gender.
"Diagnoses of major depression [nationwide] have risen dramatically by 33 percent since 2013", the report says.
MONDAY, May 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) - Diagnoses of major depression have increased since 2013, particularly among adolescents and millennials, according to a report published May 10 by Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS). The steady climb in the rate of depression needs to be tackled in ways that deal with the root cause, rather than exclusively the symptoms. The rate increased faster among millennials (47 percent) and adolescents (47 percent for boys, 65 percent for girls).
Women living in Minnesota tied with ME for having the highest depression diagnosis rate in the country, with a rate of 8.1 percent. The lowest was Hawaii at two percent.
The report released Thursday finds more than 9 million commercially insured people in the US suffer from major depression, a 33% jump from 2013 through 2016. The dramatic rise, however, is not likely due to a sudden increase in people developing depression, but rather because more people are seeking help for it and being diagnosed, meaning that paradoxically the rise is in some ways a good thing, or at least a good sign.
Women were found to be diagnosed at twice the rate of men.
"We've suspected that there's a problem here, we've seen correlational studies, but this shows us that teens using their phone late at night leads to disrupted sleep which leads to increased depression, emotional fragility and sometimes acting out", psychologist Lisa Damour said.
The report also indicated there could be links between major depression and other health conditions. Among the 9 million USA individuals in 2016 detected with major depression, only 15% were detected with the condition of depression alone. Is it the major depression which leads to other health conditions or vice versa?
Our understanding of mental health has come on a lot since even just a few decades ago, making doctors much better at reading the signals and symptoms to deduce that someone might be suffering from depression.