What is depression ?
Depression is a common mental disorder characterized by sadness and loss of interest or feeling of pleasure, often accompanied by lack of sleep and a sense of malaise as well as fatigue and poor concentration.
Facts and Statistics
One in 10 adults in the United States report depression. People most at risk of depression are people between the ages of 45 and 64 who are women : divorced, unemployed or unable to work persons without health insurance and persons under secondary education. There are about 121 million people in the world currently suffering from some kind of depression.
Americans are responsible for 30 to 36 percent of that total amount, The US states with the most people suffering from Depression are Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
Americans make up 30 to 36 percent of that total, the US states with the most people suffering from depression are : Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and West Virginia.
Other risks associated with depression
Countries with high rates of depression also have higher rates of obesity, stroke, heart disease, sleep disorders, lack of education, and limited access to medical insurance. About half of people with depression are also diagnosed with anxiety disorder.
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, which affects 40 million adults in the United States at the age of 18 and older. Anxiety disorders cost the United States more than $ 42 billion a year, nearly a third of the country’s total mental health bill $ 148 billion.
Women are twice as likely to be depressed as men, one in ten women will experience symptoms of postpartum depression, and unfortunately 80% of people with depression are not treated. Statistics show that the number of people diagnosed with depression is increasing by 20% each year.
11% of the US population has been prescribed antidepressants. 60 to 80 per cent of people with depression can be helped with medication and psychotherapy.