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Who has depression, and how widespread is it?

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Depression affects 20% of all women, 10% of all men, and 5% or more of all adolescents -- more than 300 million people worldwide. It’s the leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the World Health Organization, and is the second most common psychiatric problem in the U.S. (after anxiety disorders), afflicting about 17.6 million people each year at a cost in the range of about $50 billion a year.

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American Psychiatric Association: .  Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Shelton C. , 2004.  Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

Hu, Z. 2005.  Drugs,

Szegedi, A. March 5, 2005.  British Medical Journal,

National Institute of Mental Health.

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

World Health Organization: "Depression - Key Facts."

National Alliance on Mental Health: "Mental Health By the Numbers."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Major Depression."

CDC: "Children's Mental Health."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 06, 2019

SOURCES: 

American Psychiatric Association: .  Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Shelton C. , 2004.  Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

Hu, Z. 2005.  Drugs,

Szegedi, A. March 5, 2005.  British Medical Journal,

National Institute of Mental Health.

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

World Health Organization: "Depression - Key Facts."

National Alliance on Mental Health: "Mental Health By the Numbers."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Major Depression."

CDC: "Children's Mental Health."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 06, 2019

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