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  • Writer's pictureOlga Shchedrinskaya

Depression: statistics

Updated: Jun 19, 2021

Based on national and international data (such as WHO), it is know that

  1. Almost 1 in 8 adults (12.6%) identified symptoms that met the criteria for a mood disorder at some point during their lifetime, including 11.3% for depression and 2.6% for bipolar disorder.

  2. Major depressive disorder affected approximately 216 million people (3% of the world's population) in 2015.

  3. Depression is the fourth leading condition related to cause of disability worldwide and is now the leading disease-related cause of disability

  4. Statistics Canada's 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) on Mental Health: 5.4% of the Canadian population aged 15 years and over reported symptoms that met the criteria for a mood disorder in the previous 12 months, including 4.7% for major depression and 1.5% for bipolar disorder.

  5. The Mood Disorders Society of Canada (2011) estimates that 5-12% of men and 10-25% of women will experience a major depressive episode.

If you would like to learn more about depression and other mood disorders - you can watch this videoclip -

If you are in crisis - please immediately access emergency services (911 or nearest emergency room), call local crisis line and get professional help.

Depression is a treatable condition.

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