Middle-age women have highest rate of depression
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggests that women are more depressed than men, and that women between 40 to 59 have the highest rate of depression in the U.S. About one out of eight women in that age group suffer from depression.
The study also found that only 35 percent of people who had severe depression reported having seen a mental health professional in the past year
The researchers evaluated whether the participants had depression by conducting in-person interviews and questioning them about symptoms of depression. They found that the rate of depression generally increased with age, with 5.7 percent of youth ages 12 to 17 reporting having the condition, but 9.8 percent of adults ages 40 to 59 saying the same. People 60 and older, however, had a lower rate of depression (5.4 percent) than people in other age groups.
The report also found that 15 percent of people who live in poverty had depression, meaning that they were more than twice as likely to have depression as people living above the federal poverty level.
The researchers also noted that the actual rate of depression may be higher because people suffering from depression would be more likely to decline to participate in the study.