What Age Group Has the Highest Rate of Depression?

Reviewed on 5/14/2021
Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities
Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities

American Psychiatric Association defines major depressive disorder (depression) as a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how one feels, thinks and acts. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and decrease a person’s ability to function at work and home. Depression can occur at any age.

Depression causes significant distress or impairment in social, occupational or other important areas of functioning. With appropriate medical treatment, therapy and emotional support, 70 to 80 percent of patients can achieve resolution or significant reduction in symptoms.

What are the causes of depression?

The causes of depression could be a combination of different factors, such as genetics, chronic medical or neurological conditions and other stressors.

What are the complications?

Long-standing depression can cause the following complications in life:

  • Increased risk of domestic abuse, fights, estrangement and divorces
  • Loss of job
  • Increased suicide risk
  • Increased risk of other psychiatric disorders
  • Violence

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References
Villarroel MA, Terlizzi EP. Symptoms of Depression Among Adults: United States, 2019. NCHS Data Brief No. 379, September 2020. CDC/National Center for Health Statistics. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/databriefs/db379.htm

Halverson JL. Depression. Medscape. https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/286759-overview

American Psychiatric Association. What Is Depression? https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/depression/what-is-depression

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