10 Statistics That Show The Real Impact of Depression



Depression is one of the most underestimated illnesses known in the modern world. While it devastates countless lives, many people still think of the condition as a “minor” affliction or a temporary mood problem rather than the crushing illness that can often feel inescapable it really is.

Those who experience depression struggle through feelings of hopelessness, complete loss of energy and interest in former hobbies or pastimes, sleep problems, and even weight changes and unexplained aches and pains. But, for those lucky enough to never experience depression, the condition can seem foreign or abstract.

Below you will find several statistics that provide insight into the reality of depression around the world and how it affects their everyday lives:

  • 350,000,000 people globally are affected by some form of depression.
  • 11% of adolescents have a depressive disorder by the age of 18.
  • Women are 70% more likely than men to experience depression in their lifetime.
  • 16,000,000 U.S. adults who at least one major depressive episode 2012. This made up approximately 6.9 percent of all adults in the country.
  • 14% of women from a 2013 postpartum depression study had the disorder four to six weeks after giving birth.
  • 30% of college students reported feeling depressed to the extent it disrupted their ability to function in school.
  • Depression costs $80,000,000,000 annually in the U.S. due to lost productivity and health care.
  • 8,000,000 ambulatory care visits from a 2010 CDC report were attributed to a major depressive disorder as the primary diagnosis.
  • 50% of Americans with major depression don’t seek treatment for the mental illness.
  • 10% of American adults age 65 and older have a diagnosable depressive disorder.

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