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Who Is Affected by Depression


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.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerLisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
Last RevisedJanuary 12, 2011

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