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April 06, 2016

Facts on Depression

12.4 million women and 6.4 million men in the U.S. suffer from depression.

Approximately 20% of the elderly suffers from some form of depression according the National Institutes of Health.

Depression is an important risk factor for the development and progression of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Research has found that a dose-response effect exists whereby the level of depressive symptoms is linearly associated with the prevalence of cardiac events. Even a moderate level of depressive symptoms increases the risk for cardiac events.

The Medical Outcomes Study determined that depression was more impairing in terms of patient functioning and well being than arthritis, diabetes mellitus, and hypertension, among others, and is more disruptive for social functioning than all of the chronic medical conditions.

Research has shown that approximately 50% of patients suffering from major depression can be left undiagnosed by general practitioners.

Depression accounts for $83.1 billion in medical care and workplace costs.

Source: Maharishi University of Management