ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) – According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, women ages 40 to 59 have the highest rate of depression of any group based on age and gender in the United States.
In fact, women had a higher rate of depression than men in any age group.
The CDC defines depression as a sad mood, diminished interest in activities which used to be pleasurable, weight gain or loss, psychomotor agitation or retardation, fatigue, inappropriate guilt, difficulties concentrating, as well as recurrent thoughts of death. It can range from mild to severe.
Although there are various approaches for treating depression, studies have shown that a combination of mediation and psychological therapy may work best to treat severe depression. However, many people with depression do not get any treatment. Only 35 percent of people who had severe depression reported having seen a mental health professional in the past year, the researchers said in their report.
Researchers asked the participants a series of questions about symptoms of depression in order to evaluate whether each person had depression or not.
Nearly 90 percent of the participants reported having difficulty at home, with work, or in social activities. About half of the participants who had mild depression reported having those difficulties.
The report also found that 15 percent of people who live in poverty had depression.
The rate of depression generally increases with age; however, people ages 60 and over had a lower rate of depression than the other groups in this study.
The researchers believe that their depression rates may be lower than the actual rates because people with depression might not be likely to participate in a survey.