Depression Facts and Statistics!


1. Depression is a common mental disorder characterized by sadness loss of interest or pleasure feelings of guilt or low self-worth.

2. Disturbed sleep or appetite, feelings of tiredness, and poor concentration.

3. 1 in 10 US adults report depression.

4. People who are most likely to suffer from depression are persons 45 to 64 years of age, Women, Blacks, Hispanics, Non-Hispanic persons of other races or multiple races, Divorced people, the unemployed or individuals unable to work, people without health insurance and people with less than high school education.

5. There are approximately 121 million people in the world currently suffering from some type of depression Americans are responsible for 30 to 36 percent of that total amount.

6. The US states with the most people suffering from Depression are

  • Oklahoma
  • Arkansas
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Alabama
  • Tennessee
  • West Virginia

7. States with higher rates of depression also have higher rates of obesity, stroke, heart disease, Sleep disorders, lack of education, and less access to medical insurance.

8. Nearly one half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.

9. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the US affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older.

10. Anxiety disorders cost the US more than 42 billion dollars a year, almost one-third of the country’s 148 billion Dollar Total mental health Bill.

11. Women are twice as likely to suffer from Depression.

12. One in ten women will experience symptoms of depression after giving birth.

13. 80% of depressed people are not being treated for depression.

14. The number of people who are diagnosed with depression increases by 20% each year.

15. 11% of the US population has been prescribed antidepressants.

16. 60 to 80 percent of depressed people can be helped with medication and psychotherapy.