Tuesday, December 3, 2013
In previous postings, I've described the results of surveys that have generally failed to show an "epidemic" of depression. This is in spite of the fact that one frequently hears concerns that the incidence or prevalence of depression may be increasing. Alberta health has conducted an analysis looking at hospitalization for depression among Alberta youth, and there seems to be an increase since 2010, see attached graphic from the report. This may reflect a change in health care services rather than depression per se. For example, it could be a bad thing: failure or inaccessibility of outpatient services, leading to depression. Or, it could be a good thing: people who need and could benefit from hospitalization being hospitalized. Alberta Health makes a lot of such information available at their interactive website . .