Mental health conditions in medical patients lead to poor health outcomes, reduced quality of life, and lower treatment compliance that increases costs.
An estimated 70% of people visiting their primary care physician have an accompanying mental health issue. We suspect that the levels of depression and anxiety are even higher after Covid.
Women are almost twice as likely as men to have depression. And those who experience major depression after childbirth often had prior depressive episodes even though they may not have been diagnosed.
Co-occurring mental health disorders (e.g. anxiety and depression) can worsen the course of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, asthma, epilepsy, and cancer. Psychological distress can also weaken our immune systems.
[source: American Psychological Association and various studies]
*(source: Centers for Disease Control “Prevalence of Depression Among Adults 20 and Over: United States, 2013-2016”, 2017)