I could see insurance companies deciding that various severities warrant different services -- more time inpatient, more frequent outpatient visits, etc. Or is this not the case? I don't know, I'm just making things up.But is it really necessary for diagnosis codes? It is going to change the outcome? Change the billing amount?
If I deemed the depression mild, I would not recommend medication first line but instead recommend therapy. If severe, I would recommend medication first line. So it does matter in my view.And I really disagree that treatment really changes significantly.... You'll add and combine medications towards symptoms remission, they may/may not agree to talk therapy and in reality you won't be using a 'different' kind of CBT for example.
Because the system and our society is not equipt to deal with the backlash of calling a spade a spade.Which seems fair. Why on earth would someone with mild depression be hospitalized?