Who is affected by depression

Depression affects people of all ages, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Young children and older adults are increasingly being diagnosed with depression.

  • The National Mental Health Association estimates approximately 19 million Americans suffer from depression.
  • Depression affects twice as many females as males.
  • Depression most commonly begins between ages 20 and 45 but can develop at any age.
  • Depression tends to run in families.
  • Depression often occurs with other illnesses, such as diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic health problems.

Last Updated: March 13, 2009

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