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QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged ≥18 Years Who Often Felt Depressed,* by Sex and Age Group — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2010–2011†

The figure shows the percentage of adults aged ≥18 years who often felt depressed, by sex and age group in the United States, during 2010-2011, according to the National Health Interview Survey. During 2010-2011, women were more likely than men to often feel depressed (10.7% compared with 7.7%), overall and among those aged 18-44, 45-64, and 65-74 years. For both men (9.9%) and women (13.0%), the prevalence of depression was highest among those aged 45-64 years.

* Respondents were asked: "How often do you feel depressed? Would you say daily, weekly, monthly, a few times a year, or never?" Persons having daily or weekly feelings of depression were categorized as often depressed. Unknowns were not included in the denominators when calculating percentages.

Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the U.S. civilian, noninstitutionalized population.

§ 95% confidence interval.

During 2010–2011, women were more likely than men to often feel depressed (10.7% compared with 7.7%), overall and among those aged 18–44, 45–64, and 65–74 years. For both men (9.9%) and women (13.0%), the prevalence of depression was highest among those aged 45–64 years.

Source: National Health Interview Survey, 2010 Quality of Life and 2011 Functioning and Disability supplements. Data are from a subset of the adults randomly selected for the Sample Adult Component of the National Health Interview Survey questionnaire. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm.

Reported by: Tainya C. Clarke, MS, MPH, tainya.clarke@cdc.hhs.gov, 301-458-4155; Debra Blackwell PhD.

Alternate Text: The figure above shows the percentage of adults aged ≥18 years who often felt depressed, by sex and age group in the United States, during 2010-2011, according to the National Health Interview Survey. During 2010-2011, women were more likely than men to often feel depressed (10.7% compared with 7.7%), overall and among those aged 18-44, 45-64, and 65-74 years. For both men (9.9%) and women (13.0%), the prevalence of depression was highest among those aged 45-64 years.



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