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Statistics on Depression Treatment

Below are some depression statistics related to treatment from the 2004 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH):
  • Among people ages 18 and older who reported having experienced at least one major depression episode during the past year, 65.1 percent received treatment for depression during the past year.
  • Females who experienced major depression during the past year were more likely than their male counterparts to have received depression treatment during the past year (70.1 percent versus 55.2 percent). Among people who experienced major depression during the past year, the percentage receiving treatment for depression increased with age.
  • Rates of treatment for past-year major depression were similar in large metropolitan areas (63.4 percent), small metropolitan areas (67.5 percent), and non-metropolitan areas (66.1 percent).

Women and Depression

The following statistics related to women come from the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH):
  • One in four women will experience severe depression at some point in life.
  • Depression affects twice as many women as men, regardless of racial and ethnic background or income.
  • Depression is the number one cause of disability in women.
  • In general, married women experience more depression than single women do, and depression is common among young mothers who stay at home full-time with small children.
  • Women who are victims of sexual and physical abuse are at much greater risk of depression.
  • Depression can put women at risk of suicide. While more men than women die from suicide, women attempt suicide about twice as often as men do.
  • Only about one-fifth of all women who suffer from depression seek treatment.
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