Depression affects a lot of people nowadays. In fact it is one of the most common mental disorders in the world. Unfortunately, interesting depression facts are still unknown to the world. What is a fact and what is a myth? On this page you find interesting depression facts about Major Depression. Here you find answers to questions such as: Who is more likely to suffer depression: men or women? and more interesting depression facts.
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Interesting depression facts – Major depression and general.
32.6 to 35.1 million US adults (16.2%) suffer major depressive disorder at least once in their life.***
During the past 12 months 13.1 to 14.2 million US adults (6.6%) suffered from a major depressive disorder.***
In 2012 was estimated that 16 million adults in the U.S.A. had at least one major depressive episode (NIMH).
In 2009, in the Netherlands, 5,2% of the people up to the age of 65 suffered from a depression (Trimbos Institute, The Netherlands).
Annually approximately 10% of the Western population has a depression (Mental Health foundation).
In the US, 8.1% of the women has a depression once in their life.***
In the US, 5.1% of the men has a depression once in their life.***
Middle aged (45-64 years old) people have a greater risk of developing depression (6.4%), due to a decline in testosterone.**
Depression is less likely among retired and/or Non-Hispanic black people.***
Approximately 60 to 80% of the ones treated for depression show improvement within four to six weeks after starting treatment (therapy or medication) (farmacotherapeutischkompas).
72.1% of the people with life time major depressive disorder had at least one other mental disorder. Of these people 59.2% had an anxiety disorder, 24% a substance abuse disorder, and 30% an impulse control disorder.***
64% of the people with major depressive disorder in the last 12 months had at least one other mental disorder. Of these people 57.5% had an anxiety disorder, 8.5% a substance abuse disorder, and 16.6% an impulse control disorder.***
96.9% of the people with major depressive disorder in the last 12 months reported at least some role impairment associated with depression. Of these people 87.4% reported them as at least moderate, 59.3% as at least severe, and 19.1% as very severe.***
The work role domain suffered the least due to depression (only 28.1% reported severe or very severe). The social role domain suffered the most due to depression (43.4% reported severe or very severe).***
57.5% of the people with major depressive disorder in the last 12 months received treatment. 51.6% of those people received Health Care treatment, and only 21.6% of those people received adequate treatment for depression.***
80% of the people who have a depression also have suicidal thoughts. Over 90% of the people who die by suicide were diagnosed with depression or a depression type (webmd).
People can suffer from a seasonal affective depression, such as winter blues, winter depression, summer blues or summer depression (psychiatry.org).
The World Health Organisation (WHO) expects depression to become the second most important cause for “lost healthy years” in the year 2020 (WHO).
People who had a major depressive episode in the past have an increased chance of 30% to experience another major depressive episode in the (near) future (this is called: recurrent major depressive disorder). After having a second major depressive episode chances to experience a third major depressive episode increase up to 75%, and after a third major depressive episode chances for a fourth reach 90%. The more major depressive episodes an individual experiences the more likely he or she is to experience another one in the future (nu.nl).
Interesting depression facts – literature:
*Brees, Karen, K., 2008. The Everything Guide to Depression. Avon, MA: F+W Publications, Inc.
** Barrett-Connor, E., Von Muhlen, D. G., & Kritz-Silverstein, D., 1999. Bioavailable testosterone and depressed mood in older men: the Rancho Bernardo Study. J. Clin. Endocrinol Metab. 84, 573-577.
***Kessler R. C., Berglund, P., Demler, O., and others, 2003. The epidemiology of major depressive disorder. Results from the national comorbidity survey replication (NCS-R). JAMA, 23, 3095-3105.