More than 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression, which is the leading cause of disability worldwide according to the World Health Organization. Fewer than half of those affected by depression get treatment, sometimes because of a missed or incorrect diagnosis. Some patients are incorrectly diagnosed as having depression and inappropriately treated with antidepressants.
Many people believe that depression, anxiety, and suicide rates increase during the holiday season, although some studies indicate this may be more myth than fact.
Attorneys, physicians, hospitals, insurers, employers, and other potential parties to litigation should be aware of the types of lawsuits and other liability issues that arise in connection with the diagnosis and treatment of depression.