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Post-Pandemic Mental Health Crisis in America

Increased incidence of mental health issues, substance abuse, and suicide across all demographics. 944,108 Americans took a depression screen in 2020, up 185% from 2019.

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Calls to SAMHSA Disaster Distress Hotline

CNN - Published 7:51 AM EDT,
Fri April 10, 2020

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Reported Symptoms of Anxiety and/or Depression

Adults reporting anxiety or depression
U.S. 2019 vs. 2021 | Statista

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1 in 3 Students with Feelings of Sadness or Hopelessness

CDC - Adolescent Behaviors and
Experiences Survey (ABES)

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Girls 12 - 17 ER Visits for Suspected Suicide Attempts

CDC - June 18, 2021 / 70(24);888–894

provider challenges

Healthcare Providers Facing Multiple Challenges

National depression screening rate of just 1.4% of all adult outpatient care visits
Depression Screening Patterns, Predictors, and Trends Among Adults Without a Depression Diagnosis in Ambulatory Settings in the United States - PMID: 29983110 DOI: 10.1176/
Depression screening is not part of routine clinical practice in US sleep clinics.
J Clin Sleep Med. 2023 Apr 1;19(4):835-836. doi: 10.5664/jcsm.10398.
Limited time to consult with patients and a lack of objective screening tools has produced a 66% misdiagnosis rate for depression in primary care.
Rates of Detection of Mood and Anxiety Disorders in Primary Care: A Descriptive, Cross-Sectional Study. Monica Vermani, PsyD, Madalyn Marcus, MA, and Martin A. Katzman, MD, FRCPC
Average delay between onset of mental illness symptoms and treatment is 11 years.
10 Surprising Mental Health Statistics From 2020 - Mental Health First Aid
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poor outcomes

Current Mental Health Care Model Not Driving Better Outcomes

Most people with anxiety first seek treatment from their primary care doctor. However, research in primary care settings suggests that 43% to 70% of people with anxiety and depression do not receive adequate care.

Bet et al., 2013; Weisberg et al., 2014

The tools primary care doctors use to evaluate their patients for mental health disorders aren’t necessarily helping to improve their patients’ symptoms.

Primary-Care Doctors Don’t Have the Best Tools for Treating Depression By Alexandra Sifferlin

Depression & Obstructive Sleep Apnea:
Diagnostic Confusion - Misdiagnoses - Inappropriate Medications

The multidirectional relationships between depression, disturbed sleep, and OSA are a source of potential diagnostic confusion, which may explain why OSA, a generally under-recognized condition, is particularly under-diagnosed among people with depression.

Depressive Symptoms before and after Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Men and Women - September 15, 2015

Failure to recognize and treat OSA in depressed patients may lead to inappropriate prescription of antidepressant therapy and/or persistence of depressive symptoms despite such therapy. Equally the presence of depressive symptoms in patients with untreated OSA could lead to misdiagnosis of depression.

Depressive Symptoms before and after Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Men and Women

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