Category: Depression

QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Percentage of Adults Aged ≥18 Years Who Take Prescription Medication for Depression, by Sex and Race and Hispanic Origin — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2021

In 2021, among adults aged ≥18 years, women were more likely to take prescription medication for depression than were men (13.8% versus 7%). This pattern was found among non-Hispanic White (White) (18.1% versus 8.5%) and Hispanic or Latino (8.0% versus 3.7%) adults, but differences by sex were not statistically significant among non-Hispanic Black or African Read More >

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PODCAST: Children and Mental Health: Part One

STATCAST, MAY 2021: DISCUSSION WITH BENJAMIN ZABLOTSKY, STATISTICIAN, ABOUT CHILDREN AND MENTAL HEALTH. HOST:  May is Mental Health Month in the United States.  In recent years, mental health awareness has grown as a major public health issue, with suicide being one of the leading causes of death in the country.  The arrival of the Read More >

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Latest Pulse Survey on Anxiety and Depression during Pandemic

The latest Household Pulse Survey shows 1 out of 3 U.S. adults (32.1%) had symptoms of an anxiety or a depressive disorder in the past week.  This is the lowest percentage since the start of the survey a year ago.  Also, more than half of 18-29 year olds experienced the same symptoms. More Findings: Almost Read More >

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Prevalence of Depression Among Adults Aged 20 and Over: United States, 2013–2016

Questions for Debra J. Brody, M.P.H., and Laura Pratt, Ph.D., Epidemiologists and Lead Authors of “Prevalence of Depression Among Adults Aged 20 and Over: United States, 2013–2016” Q: What made you decide to focus on the prevalence of depression for the subject of your new report? DB/LP: Our intent in conducting this study was to Read More >

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Stat of the Day – June 8, 2017

#STATOFTHEDAY 59% of men with daily anxiety/depression don’t take meds or talk to a professional #MensHealthMonth — NCHS (@NCHStats) June 8, 2017 Read More >

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Depression in the U.S. Household Population, 2009–2012

Depression is a serious medical illness with mood, cognitive, and physical symptoms. Depression is associated with higher rates of chronic disease, increased health care utilization, and impaired functioning. Rates of treatment remain low, and the treatment received is often inadequate. A new NCHS report examines both depression and depressive symptom severity in the past 2 weeks Read More >

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Antidepressant Use in Americans 12 and Older

Surprisingly, only a third of the people with severe psychological symptoms actually take antidepressant medication. Despite this fact, antidepressants are still the third most commonly prescribed drug taken by Americans of all ages. From 2005-2008, cholesterol-lowering drugs and analgesics, also known as painkillers, were the top two most prescribed drugs, with antidepressants following closely behind. Read More >

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Cigarette smoking linked to depression in adults

Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (2005-2008) has found that adults ages 20 and over with depression were more likely to be cigarette smokers than those without depression.  This key finding is the focus of a new report from NCHS, “Depression and Smoking in the U.S. Household Population Aged 20 and Over, Read More >

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Depression in the United States

Depression is a common and debilitating illness. According to the American Psychiatric Association, depression is characterized by changes in mood, self-attitude, cognitive functioning, sleep, appetite, and energy level. Here’s some facts about depression in the U.S. you may not know: More than 1 in 20 Americans age 12 and over have depression. More than 1 Read More >

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