What is the prevalence of major depressive disorder (clinical depression) in the US?

Updated: Mar 28, 2019
  • Author: Jerry L Halverson, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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During 2009–2012, 7.6% of Americans aged 12 and over had depression (defined as having moderate or severe depressive symptoms in the past 2 weeks). Depression was more prevalent among females than males and among adults aged 40–59 than those of other age groups. Rates of any depressive symptoms were lower among non-Hispanic white persons than among Hispanic and non-Hispanic black persons. Once poverty was taken into account, however, rates of depression did not differ significantly by race or Hispanic origin. [1]

In 2015, an estimated 16.1 million adults aged 18 or older in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in the past year. This number represented 6.7% of all U.S. adults. [47]


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