U.S. Depression Rates Reach New Highs

August 25, 2023

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Rates of current and lifetime depression among U.S. adults are the highest since Gallup began collecting these data in 2015. According to the results of a 2023 Gallup Panel survey, 29% of U.S. adults have been diagnosed with depression in their lifetime, and 17.8% currently have depression or are receiving treatment for it. Women and young adults reported the highest rates of lifetime and current depression and current treatment for depression, as well as the fastest-rising rates compared to 2017 data. Rates of lifetime depression among Black and Hispanic adults also rose rapidly and are now higher than among White respondents. Recent increases in depression may be associated with factors related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including loneliness, fear, and exhaustion, as well as increased substance use and difficulty accessing behavioral health services. Women, young adults, and people of color were disproportionately affected by pandemic disruptions, such social isolation, job loss, or child care, which may have contributed to faster increases in depression rates among these groups.

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