The New Great Depression

April 22, 2019

More than 9 million commercially insured Americans have been diagnosed with depression — a number that has climbed 33 percent since 2013. In fact, 89 percent1 of Americans adults say that depression is a very serious or somewhat serious condition. However, 2 million of those diagnosed in 2016 did not seek treatment. As a growing number of pharmaceutical and behavioral therapeutic options become available, it’s critical to connect people with the individualized treatment that works for them.

Encourage your Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas patients to call us at the number on their card to learn about the behavioral health benefits available to them. Members may have coverage for office visits, therapy, medication or even virtual visits with behavioral health professionals.


1Information above found in the Blue Cross Blue Shield, The Health Of America Report® which examined U.S. commercially insured members diagnosed with major depressive disorder (major depression) and uses the breadth and depth of data available through the Blue Cross Blue Shield Health IndexSM

Blue Cross Blue Shield, The Health Of America Report® The Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) Health Index is a unique health metric that provides a better understanding about which diseases and conditions most impact Americans’ overall quality of life. The BCBS Health Index identifies more than 200 health conditions and quantifies how each condition affects Americans’ health, life expectancy and well-being. Powered by data from more than 41 million BCBS commercially insured members per year from birth to age 64, this extensive resource brings an unmatched contribution to other available health data to support national and local discussions about how to improve health care in the United States. Learn more information about the BCBS Health Index.