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QuickStats: Prevalence of Current Depression* Among Persons Aged ≥12 Years, by Age Group and Sex — United States, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2007–2010

The figure shows the prevalence of current depression among persons aged ≥12 years, by age group and sex in the United States during 2007–2010, according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Nearly 8% of persons aged ≥12 years (6% of males and 10% of females) report current depression. Females have higher rates of depression than males in every age group. Males aged 40–59 years have higher rates of depression (7%) than males aged ≥60 years (5%). Females aged 40–59 years have higher rates of depression (12%) than females aged 12–17 years (8%) and females aged ≥60 years (7%).

* Current depression was determined based on responses to the Patient Health Questionnaire, which asks about symptoms of depression during the preceding 2 weeks. Depression was defined by a score of ≥10 out of a possible total score of 27.

95% confidence interval.

Nearly 8% of persons aged ≥12 years (6% of males and 10% of females) report current depression. Females have higher rates of depression than males in every age group. Males aged 40–59 years have higher rates of depression (7%) than males aged ≥60 years (5%). Females aged 40–59 years have higher rates of depression (12%) than females aged 12–17 years (8%) and females aged ≥60 years (7%).

Source: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data, 2007–2010. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhanes.htm.

Alternate Text: The figure above shows the prevalence of current depression among persons aged ≥12 years, by age group and sex in the United States during 2007–2010, according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Nearly 8% of persons aged ≥12 years (6% of males and 10% of females) report current depression. Females have higher rates of depression than males in every age group. Males aged 40–59 years have higher rates of depression (7%) than males aged ≥60 years (5%). Females aged 40–59 years have higher rates of depression (12%) than females aged 12–17 years (8%) and females aged ≥60 years (7%).


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