Research firm Gallup conducted a study involving 5,167 US adults.
In this context, the participants were asked whether they have “currently been treated for depression and whether they have been diagnosed with depression at any point in their life”.
According to the results of the research, the proportion of adults currently receiving treatment for depression in the United States increased by approximately 7 percent compared to 2015, reaching 17.8.
While the rate of depression at least once in women increased to 36.7 percent, this rate was found to be 20.4 percent in men.
The proportion of adults in the U.S. diagnosed with depression at least once increased to 29 percent, and the rate of depression in women has nearly doubled since 2017, compared to men.
Higher incidence of depression in young people
It was pointed out in the study that the depression diagnosis rate was 34.3 percent in those aged 18-29, and 34.9 percent in those aged 30-44, while this rate was lower in those over the age of 44.
On the other hand, on a global scale, it is stated that 4 out of 10 people aged 15 and over have depression or anxiety disorder.
Gallup’s previous research found that 22 percent of North American adults had depression or anxiety to a level that disrupted their daily lives for at least two weeks. This rate is expressed as 19 percent worldwide.
In the USA, it is stated that there is a rapid increase in the number of clinical depression cases as a result of the closures, restrictions and fear of infection during the COVID-19 epidemic.