New polls show American lifetime survival and current levels of depression are at record highs this year.
The percentage of Americans who report being depressed at some point in their lives has reached 29% this year, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday. Reported levels of people currently suffering from depression reached 18%. Both numbers hit record highs in Gallup poll data.
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Trends in depression levels tracked by Gallup show a clear spike since the pandemic. The lifetime depression rate was 21.6% in 2019, but jumped to 28.6% in 2021. Current depression levels rose steadily from 12.5% in 2019 to 17.8% today.
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Lifetime prevalence of depression is significantly higher in women at 36.7% compared to 20.4% in men.
The current highest rate of depression by age group is 24.6% among adults aged 18-29. This is a sharp increase from just 13% in 2017.
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Lifetime rates of depression among black and Hispanic adults have increased significantly in recent years, surpassing levels for white adults. Depression levels among black adults rose from 20.1% in 2017 to 34.4% in 2023, Hispanic levels rose from 18.4% to 31.3%, and whites levels rose from 22.3% to 29%.