Nearly one in 10 U.S. adults has depression; the rate is almost twice as high for women as men.
According to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, national survey data showed that more than 8% of adults aged 20 and older suffer from low mood. The researchers reported that the percentage of American adults who suffered from depression remained steady from 2007 to 2016.
Among women, slightly more than 10% have depression, versus 5.5% of men. The mood disorder affects everyday life for a majority of these people; approximately 80% of adults with depression had at least some difficulty functioning with daily life.
According to the report, depression is most prevalent among blacks (9%) and least so among Asians (3%). Among whites and Hispanics, the rate is about 8%.
Also, as income levels fall, depression rises. Poor Americans are four times more likely to have depression than middle class or rich people, about 16% versus 4%, respectively.
When people are depressed, they don’t sleep or eat well.
The study authors also pointed out that major depression is associated with high societal costs and greater functional impairment than other chronic diseases, such as diabetes and arthritis.
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