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Re: Ave. $Cost$ of NOT treating depression

Posted by Racer on October 31, 1999, at 11:42:37

In reply to Ave. $Cost$ of treating depression, posted by Diane on October 30, 1999, at 20:09:18

This is another important factor in the equation. Don't forget the cost of leaving major depression untreated.

For example, employment problems, health problems, loss of energy and motivation, loss of apetite, loss of interest, lack of social interaction, etc. These all have a cost, too, and in some cases can have an actual dollar value assigned to them. For example, think about someone who misses work an average of 3 days a month because of depression. Aside from the very real danger of losing one's job, there's a cost to the company, a cost in reduced wages, an intangible cost in loss of trust among coworkers who try to take up the slack, and so on.

So, while it's expensive to treat depression, in my case about $10.50 per day (thank goodness for compassion programs!), there's another cost to lack of treatment which should also be taken into account.

Good luck to you.




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