Depression and You
In some way, depression touches the lives of nearly everyone, whether directly affecting our own lives, or the lives of friends, family, or colleagues.
- Depression is no respecter of persons, gender, race, or nationality. It is a leading cause of disability both in the US, and worldwide.
- The U.S. Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that approximately 1 in 10 American adults report depression. (Number of unreported cases is not determined in CDC report) Prior studies indicated major depressive disorder affecting approximately 14.8 million American adults, or about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older, (Archives of General Psychiatry, 2005 Jun; 62(6): 617-27). The CDC reports indicate significant disease growth in the United States.
- In 2012, 804,000 people committed suicide worldwide. In the U.S. the number reported was 43,361. Both numbers are staggering. It is further estimated that approximately 70 percent of suicides are a direct result of depression. These death statistics do not include deaths caused from depression that were not directly related to suicide.