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Depression Statistics For Teenagers And Adults


According to recent depression statistics, more than twenty million people in this country currently suffer from depression or some form of mood disorder.

One or more forms of depression are responsible for most cases of disability in this country. This is why, in any given year, the amount of health care money spent on treating depression will be between eighty and one hundred billion dollars.

Everyone, at some point in their life, gets depressed. However, clinical depression is a state of depression that is long lasting and that has actually begun to be disruptive to that person's ability to function in day to day society. Currently, it is one of our most prevalent diseases. As a result, we've detailed some of the more important depression statistics below.

Depression Statistics With Children And Teenagers

When it comes to children, approximately 3 percent of children have what is defined as clinical depression. As children age into adolescents, we find that a little over 12% of adolescents have clinical depression. In adolescents, the number of boys versus girls who have depression are about equal.

Depression is very high among teenagers. Some estimates are that it will affect 10% or more of teenagers at some point. In addition, 15% of teenagers with depression will go on to develop bipolar symptoms. Unfortunately, less than a third of all teenagers with depression will get help for their illness.

If you have a family history of depression, the odds of you getting it increases. For example, if your mom or dad has bipolar disorder, your chances of getting it are about 25%. If both parents have bipolar disorder, the odds of you getting it goes up to over 50%.

Depression Statistics Of Men And Women

Common causes of depression in women are post-partum depression after having a baby. And, in what some may consider a surprise, married women are more likely to develop depression than single women. During the course of their lifetime, approximately 12% of women will experience clinical depression.

Common causes of depression in men are divorce or separation, unemployment. Men who retire are at extremely high risk for depression.

You wouldn't know it by listening to the nightly news report, but death by suicide is more common than death by homicide as there are roughly 3 suicides for every murder.

Women are at twice the risk for developing depression than are men. However, men who experience depression are more likely (i.e., three times as much) to commit suicide than are women.

But, when it comes to suicide attempts, women have the edge. On the whole, women try to kill themselves at least two times as much as do men. And, some authorities estimate that the true attempt figure is three times as much as men.

In the vast majority of cases, those with depression who do commit suicide, are either not being treated for their depression or they are not taking their medication.

Depression Statistics And Senior Citizens

As we enter into senior citizenship, we are more likely to experience depression. Many researchers attribute this to the fact that this is when most people begin to suffer serious ongoing illnesses such as arthritis, hearing loss, difficulty in walking, and so on.

In fact, people in general, with physical disabilities or who have a serious disease (i.e., cancer, diabetes, AIDS, massive stroke, etc.) are more likely to experience depression than are those in good health.

Senior citizens commit about 25% of all suicides in the U.S. In fact, an extremely high percentage of people who commit suicide (experts estimate the figure at 90 percent) are suffering from some for of depression at the time they kill themselves. And, the people at most risk in this group are those who have depression and are 65 years or older.

Depression And Substance Abusers

Substance abusers are more prone to developing depression than are those who do not take recreational drugs. In many cases, depression will actually cause a person to turn to drugs. And, just as often, if a person has depression or depressive tendencies, the taking of the drugs will worsen the condition.

Alcohol is an interesting drug in regards to depression. Some studies have suggested that the interaction between alcohol and depression is unique with women versus men. These studies have indicated that when men drink, it will often be followed by depression. Whereas, with women, the cause effect is reversed. That is, when women are depressed, they drink.

General Statistics On Depression

The number of people diagnosed with depression is severely underestimated as less than 33% of people with depression will seek professional help to treat it.

Caregivers in families, especially those who are caring for a parent or other close relative, are more prone to becoming depressed than are other family members.

In the U.S., the average age that a person will be diagnosed with bipolar disorder or major depressive disorder is thirty years of age.

A person diagnosed with depression, will often be diagnosed with anxiety as well. A large percentage of people with anxiety will also have either depression, substance abuse, or both.

Depression is dangerous for your physical health. If you suffer from clinical depression, you are 4 times as likely to have a heart attack than a person without depression.

You can find much more information at the National Institute of Mental Health which contains studies and information on depression, anxiety, and lots more information about the brain.

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