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DEPRESSION FACTS

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1 IN 4

Americans will experience

depression at some

point in their lives

OVERVIEW

According to The World Health Organization, major depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide among persons five and older.

Globally, 350 million people are affected by some form of depression (5% of the world's population). It ranks 4th as a cause of early death.

More than 80% of people suffering from depression will not receive any kind of treatment.

20 MILLION

Americans suffer from 

depression in a given year

$80 BILLION

In lost productivity and health care in the US is due to depression

20 MILLION

 

CHILDREN & TEENS

1 in 33 children and 1 in 8 American teenagers will have depression.

Approximately 11% of adolescents have a depressive disorder by the age of 18.

Once a teenager or child has a depression episode, they have a 50% chance of experiencing another episode within 5 years.

Less than 33% of teens get help for depression.

The journal JAMA Pediatrics reports that suicide among black children (ages 5-12) is twice that of their white counterparts. White teens continue to have a 50% higher rate of suicide than black teens. It has been suggested that this disparity may be the result of poor family networks, social media and cultural activities. Social media has isolated many children.

66%

of teens with major depression also suffer from addiction, anxiety and antisocial behavior

20-50%

of teens who suffer from

depression have a

family history of depression

8%

of teens suffer from depression for at least a year at a time

 
 

THE ELDERLY

Depression affects 6 million Americans age 65 and older, but only 10% receive treatment.

Symptoms of clinical depression can be triggered by other chronic illnesses common in later life, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, heart disease, cancer and arthritis.

One-third of widows/widowers meet criteria for depression in the first month after the death of their spouse, and half of these individuals remain clinically depressed after one year.

68%

know little or almost nothing about depression.

ONLY 38%

believe that depression is a "health" problem.

58%

believe that it is “normal” for people to get depressed as they grow older.

 

WOMEN

VS.

  • 21% of women have a lifetime prevalence for major depression.

  • 1 in every 8 women can expect to develop clinical depression during their lifetime.

  • 14% of women suffer from postpartum depression disorder four to six weeks after giving birth. 

  • Women are more likely to attempt suicide (but men are more likely to succeed).

MEN

  • 13% of men have a lifetime prevalence for major depression.

  • Men at midlife are at greater risk of depression due to reduced testosterone.

  • 9% of American men have daily feelings of depression or anxiety.

  • The suicide rate among American men is about four times higher than among women.

 

RACIAL

Discussing mental health concerns is considered taboo in many ethnic cultures. Because of this, they tend to dismiss, deny, or neglect their symptoms.

Adult Black/African Americans living below poverty are three times more likely to report serious psychological distress than those living above poverty.  

Cost of services/lack of insurance coverage is the most common reason for not using mental health services across all racial/ethnic groups. 

The journal JAMA Pediatrics reports that suicide among black children (ages 5-12) is twice that of their white counterparts. White teens continue to have a 50% higher rate of suicide than black teens. It has been suggested that this disparity may be the result of poor family networks, social media and cultural activities. Social media has isolated many children.

20%

of adult Black/African Americans are more likely to report serious psychological distress than adult whites. 

19%

of Asian American high school students report considering suicide, versus 16% of whites.

20%

of Latinos with symptoms of a psychological disorder talk to a doctor.

SUICIDE

As many as 15% of those who suffer from some form of depression will take their lives each year.

Depressed individuals have a mortality rate that is two times greater than the general population.

Untreated depression is the number one cause of suicide and the third cause of death among teens.

By 2016, Americans were nearly twice as likely to die by suicide as from a homicide, with nearly 45,000 people over the age of 10 dying by suicide that year.

On average, there are 121 suicides per day in America. For every suicide, 25 attempt.

The rate of suicide is highest in middle age (for white men, in particular).

 

The facts and numbers about depression are staggering. That said, depression is cyclical and appears in our lives in various forms. We all have our ups and downs over time. Who among us haven’t felt “blue” at some time in their lives? The issue is the severity of those swings and the length of time between the ups and downs. Sustained period of depression, more than two weeks, is an indication that action is needed.