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Depression Spikes 33 Percent in 5 Years

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  • U.S. health insurer Blue Cross Blue Shield reports diagnoses of clinical depression have increased by 33 percent in the past five years among its 41 million privately insured members
  • The Blue Cross data suggests 85 percent of depression sufferers battle at least one other health condition, whereas nearly one-third of depressed people present with four or more additional health concerns
  • A survey by the American Psychiatric Association indicates rates of anxiety are up in the U.S., whereas data from health insurer Cigna points to increasing levels of loneliness among Americans
  • Given the negative risks associated with taking pharmaceutical drugs, I offer several natural alternatives for addressing anxiety and depression

By Dr. Mercola

Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS), a major U.S. medical insurer, suggests more than 4 percent of commercially insured Americans, or roughly 9 million people, suffer from clinical depression. Moreover, they report depression rates have jumped by 33 percent in the past five years, steadily increasing across all age and gender groups — with the rates of incidence for adolescents and millennials being of notable concern.


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