The High (Monetary) Cost of Untreated Depression


We all know that depression is a terrible disease that can have an enormous psychological cost, both for the sufferer and their family and friends. But there is also a monetary cost to depression that goes beyond the medical and therapy bills. I’m not a doctor and I’m in no position to offer treatment advice or discuss symptoms. However, as this is the time of year when depression often gets worse or becomes more obvious with the shorter days and holiday stress, I want to point out some of the monetary costs of untreated depression.

Why is this important? First, some people are motivated more by money than other reasons. They may not seek treatment for medical reasons, but perh


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4 Responses to The High (Monetary) Cost of Untreated Depression

  1. Debt Magnet says:

    I have personally witnessed the indirect costs of a mood disorder in a friend of mine. He resisted the idea of treatment, as it carries a negative social stigma, and took quite a bit of convincing to finally get him into a treatment program.

    Lost Wages – Depression and other mood disorders, when severe, carry with them physical symptoms, in addition to the low mood and lack of energy. In addition, mood disorders tend to decrease the ability to cope with stress, so the likelihood and frequency of burnout is increased.

    Retail Therapy – In their severe forms, mood disorders can cloud judgement and increase the chance of impulse spending. Coupled with the probability that organization is not a top priority, the cards are stacked against you.

    Social Impact – Although not necessarily related to finances, the impact of a mood disorder on social networks is far reaching. In addition to a lack of energy, the desire to interact socially is diminished. With many mood disorders, the sufferer is irratible, sensitive, and feels a wide range of emotions from guilt to anger to sadness, which interfere with the development and maintenance of friendships.

    The costs of treating a mood disorder can be intimidating, but pale in comparison to the costs of not treating it. Health insurance is required to cover the costs of behavioral health care, and in the absence of insurance there are many programs available to help. Getting someone to seek treatment is a daunting task, and will most likely require both tact and persistence, but the benefits are worth it – in my case, I was able to reclaim a very good friend who was teetering on the edge of disaster.

  2. Minimum Wage says:

    I have reality-based depression, I don’t think there is any treatment for that.

  3. Morfydd says:

    “I have reality-based depression, I don

  4. Jamie says:

    My name is Jamie Johnson and Im 25 years old. I have been living with depression for what seems to be a very long time. I am sick and tired of feeling this way, I dont even know what else to try. I am currently taking zoloft, an anti-depressant. It seems to be helping me a little but am still feeling down sometimes. I have been looking into alternative treatments, something to add on to what I am already doing. So now, with my therapy and medication..I also found out about certin stones that can help with mood and negative energy, I decided to try those as well. I now have been wearing my “healing bracelet”, as I like to call it for 2 weeks. I can honestly say I feel a little better, I actually think this thing is helping. I now have been recommending them to other girls in my weekly depression group, because if it can help me, maybe it could help you. Im not saying that there magic or should take the place of medication or therapy, but every little bit helps, if you know what I mean. I am just gratefull that I have started to feel a little better, because I get so sick of feeling down all the time. Also, it really sucks because it feels like now one understands. But if you want to look at the bracelets I will leave the link below, and I hope that they help you too.

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