Interesting Depression facts

Interesting Depression facts


Interesting depression facts - infographic.

Interesting depression facts – infographic.

Depression affects a lot of people nowadays. In fact it is one of the most common mental disorders in the world. Unfortunately, interesting depression facts are still unknown to the world. What is a fact and what is a myth? On this page you find interesting depression facts about Major Depression. Here you find answers to questions such as: Who is more likely to suffer depression: men or women? and more interesting depression facts.

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Interesting depression facts – Major depression and general.

    • Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the world.***
    • 32.6 to 35.1 million US adults (16.2%) suffer major depressive disorder at least once in their life.***
    • During the past 12 months 13.1 to 14.2 million US adults (6.6%) suffered from a major depressive disorder.***
    • In 2012 was estimated that 16 million adults in the U.S.A. had at least one major depressive episode (NIMH).
    • In 2009, in the Netherlands, 5,2% of the people up to the age of 65 suffered from a depression (Trimbos Institute, The Netherlands).


    • Annually approximately 10% of the Western population has a depression (Mental Health foundation).
    • In the US, 8.1% of the women has a depression once in their life.***
    • In the US, 5.1% of the men has a depression once in their life.***
    • Middle aged (45-64 years old) people have a greater risk of developing depression (6.4%), due to a decline in testosterone.**
    • Depression is less likely among retired and/or Non-Hispanic black people.***


    • Approximately 60 to 80% of the ones treated for depression show improvement within four to six weeks after starting treatment (therapy or medication) (farmacotherapeutischkompas).
    • 72.1% of the people with life time major depressive disorder had at least one other mental disorder. Of these people 59.2% had an anxiety disorder, 24% a substance abuse disorder, and 30% an impulse control disorder.***
    • 64% of the people with major depressive disorder in the last 12 months had at least one other mental disorder. Of these people 57.5% had an anxiety disorder, 8.5% a substance abuse disorder, and 16.6% an impulse control disorder.***
    • 96.9% of the people with major depressive disorder in the last 12 months reported at least some role impairment associated with depression. Of these people 87.4% reported them as at least moderate, 59.3% as at least severe, and 19.1% as very severe.***
    • The work role domain suffered the least due to depression (only 28.1% reported severe or very severe). The social role domain suffered the most due to depression (43.4% reported severe or very severe).***


    • 57.5% of the people with major depressive disorder in the last 12 months received treatment. 51.6% of those people received Health Care treatment, and only 21.6% of those people received adequate treatment for depression.***
    • 80% of the people who have a depression also have suicidal thoughts. Over 90% of the people who die by suicide were diagnosed with depression or a depression type (webmd).
    • People can suffer from a seasonal affective depression, such as winter blues, winter depression, summer blues or summer depression (
    • The World Health Organisation (WHO) expects depression to become the second most important cause for “lost healthy years” in the year 2020 (WHO).
    • People who had a major depressive episode in the past have an increased chance of 30% to experience another major depressive episode in the (near) future (this is called: recurrent major depressive disorder). After having a second major depressive episode chances to experience a third major depressive episode increase up to 75%, and after a third major depressive episode chances for a fourth reach 90%. The more major depressive episodes an individual experiences the more likely he or she is to experience another one in the future (


 Interesting depression facts – literature:

    •  *Brees, Karen, K., 2008. The Everything Guide to Depression. Avon, MA: F+W Publications, Inc.
    •  ** Barrett-Connor, E., Von Muhlen, D. G., & Kritz-Silverstein, D., 1999. Bioavailable testosterone and depressed mood in older men: the Rancho Bernardo Study. J. Clin. Endocrinol Metab. 84, 573-577.
    • ***Kessler R. C., Berglund, P., Demler, O., and others, 2003. The epidemiology of major depressive disorder. Results from the national comorbidity survey replication (NCS-R). JAMA, 23, 3095-3105.