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

Updated: Mar 28, 2019
  • Author: Jerry L Halverson, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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Internationally reported adult prevalence rates of depression generally mirror those of the United States, and estimates of 1-month prevalence of depression in community-dwelling elderly are relatively consistent (eg, England, 2.9%; The Netherlands, 2.0%; Sweden, 5.6%; Nigeria, 1.6%). However, sparse data are available on the international incidence of major depression in children and adolescents.


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