depression

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  • over 20% of americans get some form of depression in their lifetime.
  • over 5% of americans have a depressive disorder every year.
  • the average age of onset of major depression is in the mid-20's.
  • about 15% of people hospitalized for depression eventually take their own lives.
  • the highest suicide rates in the united states are found in white men over 85.
  • almost all people who commit suicide have a diagnosable disorder, commonly a depressive or substance abuse disorder.

  • women are almost twice as likely as men to experience a depressive episode during their lifetime.
  • although men are more likely than women to die by suicide, women attempt suicide about twice as often as men.
  • depression in women is misdiagnosed about 30%-50% of the time.

  • 4% - 5% of american teenagers are depressed, meaning about 750,000 teenagers are depressed at a given time.
  • 500,000 american teenagers make serious attempts at suicide each year. about 1,700 succeed.
  • suicide is the third leading cause of death among teenagers in the united states, after accidents and murders.
  • 90% of parents with teenagers believe their child is or has been depressed or suicidal.
  • about 66% of adolescents are never diagnosed or treated for depression.


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