Who is Affected?
A study conducted by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found the following groups to be more likely to meet criteria for major depression:
- Persons 45-64 years of age
- African Americans, Hispanics, non-Hispanic persons of other races or multiple races
- Persons with less than a high school education
- Those previously married (now separated, divorced, or widowed)
- Individuals unable to work or unemployed
- Persons without health insurance coverage
- Similar patterns were found among persons with "other depression" with the two following exceptions: adults aged 18-24 years were most likely to report "other depression" as were Hispanics.