Depression Statistics

  • Depressive disorders affect approximately 18.8 million American adults or about 9.5% of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year. This includes major depressive disorder, dysthymic disorder, and bipolar disorder.
    
    
  • Everyone, will at some time in their life be affected by depression — their own or someone else’s, according to Australian Government statistics. (Depression statistics in Australia are comparable to those of the US and UK.)
    
    
  • Pre-schoolers are the fastest-growing market for antidepressants. At least four percent of preschoolers — over a million — are clinically depressed.
    Website that this came from: http://www.upliftprogram.com/depression_stats.html
  • The rate of increase of depression among children is an astounding 23% p.a.
    
    
  • 15% of the population of most developed countries suffers severe depression.
    
    
  • 30% of women are depressed. Men’s figures were previously thought to be half that of women, but new estimates are higher.
    
    
  • 54% of people believe depression is a personal weakness.
    
    
  • 41% of depressed women are too embarrassed to seek help.
    
    
  • 80% of depressed people are not currently having any treatment.
    
    
  • 92% of depressed African-American males do not seek treatment.
    
    
  • 15% of depressed people will commit suicide.
    
    
  • Depression will be the second largest killer after heart disease by 2020 — and studies show depression is a contributory factor to fatal coronary disease.
    
    
  • Depression results in more absenteeism than almost any other physical disorder and costs employers more than US$51 billion per year in absenteeism and lost productivity, not including high medical and pharmaceutical bills.
    
    

 

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