Major Depression on the Rise Among Everyone, New Data Shows

Major depression on the rise among everyone, new data shows

What’s behind the increase? Kids and young adults, especially, feel rushed and pressured, Williams said. The highest percentage of major depression diagnoses were among people aged 35 to 49.

The survey found 5.8 percent of 35-to 49-year-olds had major depression in 2016, compared to 4.6 percent three years before. Perhaps most troubling is the high rate of children and young adults who have depression, the report said. Many years of risk lie ahead if they do not get treatment, which can include medication, therapy or both.

Major depression is on the rise among Americans from all age groups, but is rising fastest among teens and young adults, new health insurance data shows. Depression rates also vary a lot state by state, with Rhode Island having the highest rate of depression at 6.4 percent. Hawaii has the lowest rate — 2.1 percent.