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How common is major depression among adults in the U.S.?

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Major depression affects about 6.7% of the U.S. population over age 18, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Overall, between 20% and 25% of adults may suffer an episode of major depression at some point during their lifetime.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "What Is Depression?" and "What Are the Different Forms of Depression?"

American Psychiatric Association. , American Psychiatric Pub. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-5

Fieve, R. Rodale Books, 2006. Bipolar II,

The Journal of the American Medical Association. “Recommendations for Screening Depression in Adults,” Vol. 315, No. 4, January 26, 2016.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 13, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "What Is Depression?" and "What Are the Different Forms of Depression?"

American Psychiatric Association. , American Psychiatric Pub. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-5

Fieve, R. Rodale Books, 2006. Bipolar II,

The Journal of the American Medical Association. “Recommendations for Screening Depression in Adults,” Vol. 315, No. 4, January 26, 2016.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 13, 2018

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