The Depression and Anxiety Epidemic

There are #noexceptions to depression and anxiety. They affect everyone. Whether directly or indirectly--and regardless of ethnicity, sexual orientation, income level, or age--none of us are immune to the consequences of depression and anxiety. 


Depression affects more than 16.1 million American adults, or about 6.7% of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year. (National Institute of Mental Health)
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year. (Anxiety and Depression Association of America)
Half of all chronic mental illness begins by age 14, three-quarters by age 24. (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
In a 2017 study 3.4% of adults 18 and over suffered from serious psychological distress during a 30 day period. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)


Depression is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for ages 15 to 44.3.(NIMH)
Depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide, affecting 350 million people. (World Health Organization)
Annual incremental direct medical cost for a Major Depressive Disorder   (MDD) patient was approximately $6,400 (2012 USD) compared to an individual without MDD.  (Psychiatry, 76 (2015), pp. 155-162)
People with an anxiety disorder are three to five times more likely to go to the doctor and six times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders than those who do not suffer from anxiety disorders. (ADAA)


Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment. (ADAA)


African Americans and Hispanic Americans used mental health services at about ½ the rate of whites in the past year; Asian Americans used them at about ⅓ the rate. (NAMI)
An estimated 53% and 67% of patients with MDD show non-response and non-remission, respectively, to first-line depression treatment.
(Current Psychiatry Reports, 9 (2007), pp. 449-459)
An encumbered life is a heavy life. Daily tasks feel impossible. Extra challenges become debilitating. Commitments to others and to self suffer as shame, isolation, and overwhelm take over.

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