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Study Finds Depression Costs as Much as $200 Billion per Year

A study published in a recent issue of the Psychiatry Online’s “Psychiatric Services” estimates the total cost of depression in the U.S. to be between $188 billion and $200 billion each year. Of the total, the analysis concludes that nearly $64 billion is associated with treatment-resistant depression. Titled “A Review of the Clinical, Economic, and Societal Burden of Treatment-Resistant Depression: 1996-2013,” the analysis includes more than 60 clinical studies of 60,000 adult patients between 1996 and 2013. The report notes that improving access to treatment for depression among underserved populations – as well as better patient education – would help lower the financial burden, but also emphasizes a need for new therapeutic strategies.