How Common Is Clinical Depression and What Triggers It?

Mental Health
Clinical depression, also known as major depression is a debilitating condition that affects as many as 16 million Americans, that is, almost 7 percent of the population over the age of 18. The condition can develop at any age, but according to statistical data, the age group that is the most affected is the group of those slightly older than the age of 30, the median age for the onset being 32.5. Major depression seems to be more prevalent among women than among men, especially among women who go through major hormonal changes, such as pregnancy or menopause or are faced with difficult situations that affect women more deeply, such as the physical changes related to puberty, pregnancy or miscarriage. However, the statistical data that indicate the prevalence of depression…
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