More Americans suffer major depression, Blue Cross Blue Shield finds

More Americans suffer major depression, Blue Cross Blue Shield finds

As per the new report, Minnesota and North Dakota states of the USA are ranking on top as major depression states experiencing the affliction.

The data from Blue Cross Blue Shield members for medical claims that during 2013 to 2016, they found there is a jump of 33% in major depression during the study. By identifying more than 200 health condition categories affecting Americans, the BCBS Health Index provides a view of the health and wellness of a population down to the county level. Among them, the Americans (particularly adults) in New England, Pacific Northwest, South and Midwest areas experienced the higher depression rate than other states. (Pew Research defines millennials as individuals born between 1981 and 1996.) The rates were also twice as high among women as men.

"The high rates for adolescents and millennials could have a substantial health impact for decades to come", said Trent Haywood, senior vice president and chief medical officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, in a statement.

In the United States, about 49 of the 50 states have seen a rise in depression diagnosis rate between 2013 and 2016. Is it the major depression which leads to other health conditions or vice versa?

These health problems come at a cost. Among the 9 million USA individuals in 2016 detected with major depression, only 15% were detected with the condition of depression alone.

Why Are Young People Hit Hardest?

Millennial diagnoses went up to 47 percent, while teenagers' diagnoses increased to 63 percent. "Increased use of electronics, video games more commonly in boys and social media/texting more commonly in girls, can lead to increased conflict both within the home and with peers". The rate increased faster among millennials (47 percent) and adolescents (47 percent for boys, 65 percent for girls).

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. Compared to those not diagnosed with major depression, people diagnosed with major depression are almost 30 percent less healthy, representing almost 10 years of life lost for men and women.

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