- Roughly 20 million people in the United States suffer from depression every year.
- At some point in their lives, about one in four Americans will experience depression.
- Women are twice as likely to suffer from depression than men.
- People who are depressed are more prone to illnesses like colds than non-depressed people.
- Continuous exposure to violence, neglect, abuse, or poverty may make people who are already susceptible to depression all the more vulnerable to the illness.
- Depression is a common mental disorder. Globally, more than 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression.
- There are interrelationships between depression and physical health. For example, cardiovascular disease can lead to depression and vice versa.
- Depression affects all people regardless of age, geographic location, demographic, or social position.
- The World Health Organization estimates that depression will be the second highest medical cause of disability by the year 2030, second only to HIV/AIDS.
- Many creative individuals experienced depression, including Ludwig van Beethoven, John Lennon, Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Georgia O’Keefe, Vincent van Gogh, Ernest Hemmingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Sylvia Plath.
- More than 8 percent of adolescents in the United States suffer from depression at a given time.
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Sources: Random History, Psychiatry, Who, Depression Perception