Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Depression Hits 1 in 13 American Adults

TUESDAY, May 19 (HealthDay News) — Over the past year, 16.5 million Americans age 18 or older — 1 in 13 adults — experienced at least one bout of major depression, according to a new government survey.

Less than two-thirds (64.5 percent) of those individuals got treated for their depression, the study found.

The report, from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), drew on data from the agency’s 2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, involving approximately 45,000 non-institutionalized adults. A major depressive episode was defined as any period of two weeks or longer characterized by depressed mood, loss of pleasure or interest, and at least four other symptoms, such as loss of appetite, lack of sleep and poor self-image

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