Recent research: six studies on prevalence of depression & anxiety, and risk factors for depression, bipolar disorder & suicide
Last updated on 15th January 2009
Here are a couple of studies on the prevalence of depression and anxiety, and four on risk factors for depression, bipolar disorder and suicide. Strine et al report on a major survey of depression and anxiety in the United States. They found "The overall prevalence of current depressive symptoms was 8.7% (range by state and territory, 5.3%-13.7%); of a lifetime diagnosis of depression, 15.7% (range, 6.8%-21.3%); and of a lifetime diagnosis of anxiety, 11.3% (range, 5.4%-17.2%)." Smoking, lack of exercise, and excessive drinking were all associated with increased likelihood of mental disorders, as too was physical ill health. Young et al, in a separate study, looked at the likelihood of depression and anxiety becoming persistent. They estimated - at nearly 3 year follow-up - that the US prevalence of persistent depressive or anxiety disorder was 4.7%. Only about a quarter of these sufferers were using appropriate medication and only about a fifth appropriate counselling.