The cost of treatment Depression ranks among the most costly health conditions in the United States


$2.4 trillion

The amount spent on health-care treatment in the United States in 2013, including individuals' out-of-pocket costs as well as spending by private and government insurance programs.

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The rank of mental health and substance abuse disorders in the cost category, with $187.8 billion in spending in 2013. They rank behind cardiovascular diseases ($231.1 billion); diabetes, urogenital, blood and endocrine disorders ($224.5 billion); and other noncommunicable diseases ($191.7 billion). Neurological diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, cost another $101.3 billion.

3.7%

The annual rate of increase in spending on mental health and substance abuse disorders between 1996 and 2013. This is more than the 1.2 percent rate of increase for cardiovascular disorders but less than the 5.1 percent rate of increase for diabetes, urogenital, blood and endocrine disorders.

$71 billion

The amount spent to treat depressive disorders—the most costly among mental health and substance abuse disorders. Depressive disorders were the sixth-most-costly health condition overall, behind diabetes mellitus ($101.4 billion), ischemic heart disease ($88.1 billion), low back and neck pain ($87.6 billion), hypertension ($83.9 billion) and injuries due to falls ($76.3 billion).

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