While depression isn’t something you typically talk about at a cocktail party, chances are high there would be plenty of guests who could relate. The mental health disorder may be much more common than you think, based on a handful of statistics gathered from noted health publications.
The disorder has the power to zap the happiness from even the liveliest of folks. Hobbies they used to enjoy can become meaningless, energy can become depleted and life in general can begin to feel like an exercise in futility. The symptoms can be scary – and so are the statistics.
Depression by the Numbers
$80 billion: Estimated yearly cost of depression in the US, based on health care and lost productivity.
8 million: Number of outpatient visits reported by the CDC in 2010 in which a major depressive disorder was the primary diagnosis.
16 million: Estimated number of adults in the US who suffered from at least one major depressive episode in 2012. This number represents 6.9 percent of the total US population.
350,000: Number of folks across the world who suffer from some type of depressive disorder.
50: Percentage of people in the US suffering from some form of major depression who have not sought treatment for the disorder.
70: Percentage that illustrates how much more likely depression is to hit women over men at some point in the women’s lives.
30: Percentage of college students who reportedly suffered from depression severe enough to impede their ability to function at school.
14: Percentage of women who suffered from depression one month to six weeks after giving birth, as per a postpartum depression study conducted in 2013.
11: Percentage of adolescents afflicted with a form of depression by the time they turn 18.
10: Estimated percentage of US adults age 65 and over who suffer from some type of depression.
10 to 20: Number of weeks in an effective psychotherapy treatment plan for depression. This number can vary based on the individual and the type of depression.
4 to 6: Number of weeks it typically takes antidepressant medication to provide its full effects.
The Bottom Line
Statistics on depression really showcase the astounding impact the disorder has on the lives of so many, an effective way to bring greater insight and meaning to the mental health issue.
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