Scientists have also divided depression-free individuals into high-risk and low-risk groups for this condition.
According to results, non-depressed members from high-risk group had significantly worse medical experiences, poorer comprehension of their health problems, more frequent use of emergency room and lower quality of life than people, who were already diagnosed with depression.
The reason is maybe that high-risk participants don’t get appropriate treatment for depression, as people with this problem should normally get.
Patients from low-risk group spent less money for healthcare procedures than high-risk patients.
In addition to this, they were two times less likely to visit emergency rooms and to be hospitalized.
In the second part of the study, scientists compared use of health resources and costs among different groups of members.