Prevalence of MDD

The lifetime prevalence of depression in England is between 4 and 10%  (McManus et al.) although this could be an under-estimation as many people do not seek a diagnosis. The DSM states that 18-29 year olds are three times more likely to be diagnosed than people over 60 and females are between 1.5 and 3 times as likely to be diagnosed as males.

An excellent link giving up to date data on the prevalence of MDD by gender, age and ethnicity in the US; check out the Native American Indians…

A good site for looking up prevalence data and more:

Why are Native Americans over-represented in mental health statistics?


Assessment Questions

  1. Discuss prevalence rates of one or more disorders. (22)