By On September 30th, 2010

Almost 1 out of 10 adults struggle with depression in the United States

According to data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) surveys that were conducted in 2006 and 2008 in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the prevalence of depression among U.S. adults is almost 1 in 10. Specifically, 9% reported depression, including 3.4% who were diagnosed with major depression. Women were more likely to report major depression with a prevalence of 4%, compared to men at 2.7%. Interestingly, those 65 and older reported the lowest rate of depression at 1.6%; those ages 45 to 64 reported depression at the highest rate (4.6%). Overall, the highest rates of depression were recognized among ethnic minorities. “Targeted efforts are needed to address racial/ethnic disparities in recognition and treatment of depression,” the CDC editors stated. Information was gathered via telephone interviews utilizing the Patient Health Questionnaire-8 that explores 8 out of 9 criteria for depression. Click here to read an article from Medpage Today that discusses this study more.

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