Friday Factoids: Well That’s Depressing: Analysis of Depression Data Shows Increased Rate of the Disorder

Depression is one of the most common mood disorders. Nationally representative data was analyzed between 2005 and 2014 to determine disparities focusing on this condition (Todd & Teitler, 2018) . The data was split by gender and levels of education. Across the time of the study, prevalence of depression increased across the board. Those who were least educated had a greater likelihood of experiencing moderate to severe depression. Within the most educated, likelihood for the condition increased in women but decreased in men. Treatment for the condition had also changed, showing those with the least amount of education either had a decrease (especially among women) or stability in their receiving of treatment. Within the higher educational individuals, women had steady access to treatment; whereas, men increased receiving of treatment. Therefore, depression is steadily increasing among Americans with treatment disparities, continuing as documented in past research.

Todd, M. & Teitler, J.  (2018). Darker day? Recent trends in depression disparities among U.S. adults. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry,10.1037/ort0000370

Andrew Goebel, MS, LPA (Temp)
WKPIC Doctoral Intern

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