Depression by the Numbers


  • 350 million people suffer from depression.
  • Less than half of depressed people receive treatment, although effective treatments exist.
  • Depression is the #1 cause of disability in the world.
  • An estimated 1 million suicides are due to depression each year.

In the United States...

  • More than 19 million Americans suffer from clinical depression each year.   
  • One in 10 Americans report some form of depression.
  • 12 million women experience clinical depression annually; 1 in 8 will suffer depression in their lifetime.
  • 20% of teenagers experience depression; 30% of them develop substance abuse problems. 
2012 Research Pipeline:  132 antidepressant agents are in clinical trials.

WHO Depression Fact Sheet 369, October 2012
Mental Health and Substance Abuse **
Mental Health America, 2012, Depression: What You Need to Know
Teen Depression, Teenage Depression Statistics 
Research pipeline:  Pharmaprojects 2012

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