How many people suffer from depression

Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in the world, and one of the major reasons for that is: people do not seek proper medical help for it. It is also fairly common that it goes undiagnosed in most people, and people suffering from it are not even aware of what is wrong with them. Moreover, mental illness is a taboo subject in most of the societies, people who are even aware of the problem do not get any help or even really consider it as an option. Especially in conservative societies, whenever it’s talked about, depression gets attributed with having weak faith or not being a practicing devotee to their religion. These things just make depression even more common, and that’s why depression is such a big problem in this day and age.

People with Depression around the World

In 2017, WHO estimated that there are more than 300 million people across the globe suffering from depression. That is almost 4% of the entire world population. That is also more than the population of the 4th most populated country. So one can imagine the magnitude of this disease. It is estimated that around 15% of adults will experience a depressive episode or will suffer from depression at least once in their life. Furthermore, it is noted that women are more prone to get depressed. The numbers are twice as many. According to a study by the Global Burden of Disease (GDB) in 2017, women make up for more than 60% of the cases of depression. USA, Australia, Finland, and Greenland are some of the countries that have the highest percentage of depressed people. These are also the wealthiest countries, which also underscores that depression is not something that can happen to people who are not well off; it can affect anyone.


Since there are more than 300 million people in the world suffering from depression, it is noted that young people and adults are the ones most affected by it. The average onset age of depression patient is 32.5 years. The highest amount of depressed people belongs to the age group of 18-25. In 2017, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health said that more than 17 million adults suffered from a major depressive episode in the previous year. More than 64% of the people who experienced it also suffered severe impairment. Only 61% of the adults suffering from Major Depressive Disorder are getting any treatment for it rest are going through without any help. Depression in adolescents is also an issue. With around 3.1 million adolescents having a minimum of one depressive episode, it is quite a worrisome matter. An even more troubling matter is that out of these 71% experience depression with severe impairment. Only 19% of adolescents with depression seek a health care professional for help. While 60% of the children are going through this without getting any kind of help. Depression leads to suicide, which is why it is the second leading cause of death for people between the age of 10 and 34.