Background: The aim of this study was to extend an earlier retrospective cohort study of schizophrenia via a prospective study to a follow-up of 34 years, with an emphasis on describing the life-course of the illness.
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OBJECTIVES: In Canada, most mental health services are embedded in the publichealth care system. Little is known of the cost distribution within the mental healthpopulation. Our study aims to estimate the depression care costs of patients with adepression diagnosis, ranking them by the increasing total depression health carecosts.
From the Introduction: Until four or five decades ago, the clinical consensus about childhood depression was that it did not, and perhaps could not, occur (Lefkowitz & Burton, 1978; Rie, 1966; Rochlin, 1965; Wolfenstein, 1966). In fact, prior to 1960, childhood depression was rarely mentioned in the literature (Cytryn, 2003; Tisher, 2007). A number of studies and conceptualizations…