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A Record-High 1 in 6 American Adults Has Depression & These Are the Complex Reasons Why

A new report from Gallup is shedding light on the alarmingly high prevalence of depression in America.

As CNN reported, Gallup digitally surveyed 5,167 U.S. adults about their mental health between February 21–28, 2023. Based on their responses, the polling group estimates that more than 1 in 6 Americans adults — in other words, about 18 percent — is depressed or receiving treatment for depression. That record-high number marks a jump of 7 percentage points since 2015, when Gallup published its first report on this topic.

Gallup’s new data indicate that depression rates are rising fastest for women and young adults. For the first time, lifetime clinical depression rates for Black and Hispanic Americans were also equal to or greater than rates among white people.

Across the board, 29 percent of U.S. adults — another record-breaking percentage — have been diagnosed with clinical depression at some point in their life.

This is just the latest report to put numbers to America’s ongoing mental health crisis.

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