Statistics on Depression in the United States

A survey of approximately 235,000 adults throughout the U.S. found that nearly 10 percent of respondents met criteria for depression, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to the survey, 9.1 percent of adults experienced “significant symptoms” for at least two weeks prior to the survey. The figure included 4.1 percent who could be categorized as suffering from “major depression.”

To fit the category for major depression, respondents had to experience at least 5 of 8 criteria more than 50 percent of the time. These included loss of interest in doing things, sleep issues, trouble concentrating, and expressing feelings of hopelessness, among other symptoms.

Depression was most likely to affect people between the ages of 45-64, women, people with less than a high school education, unemployed individuals, and divorced or widowed individuals.

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