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Project ImPACT: Depression

About the Issue

"Depression is now widely recognized as one of the most common and disabling chronic diseases affecting industrialized nations."

About the Issue

Depression is widely recognized as one of the most common and disabling chronic diseases affecting industrialized nations.5 About one in six U.S. adults will experience an acute episode of major depressive disorder during their lifetime, and more than 10% will suffer from a depressive illness during the next 12 months.6 Depression has strong economic consequences in addition to social consequences such as emotional withdrawl and isolation. Mood disorders impact nearly every aspect of a person’s life, including their ability to do their job. Reports indicate that employees with depression will have an average of 9.9 sick days annually, and their productivity when they do go to work can decrease anywhere from 10% to 20%.7 In America, many cases of depression go undetected or if treatments are prescribed, evidence suggests that fewer than 50% of patients adhere to the therapeutic course.

View the buttons below to learn how Project ImPACT: Depression addressed the issue, or read the white paper or the full manuscript published in JAPhA.