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Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is among the most common mental illness diagnoses in the United States. The emotional toll on the families, friends, and colleagues of those afflicted is significant, but it does not stop there.

According to a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, the data suggests a severe monetary strain resulting from MDD—both in the realm of health care and the private sector.

The cost of major depressive disorder

An important part of reducing the impact of MDD is improving the overall awareness of it.