Researches show that 1 out of 4 people suffer from some type of mental illness. This means almost everyone knows someone that is suffering from some sort of mental illness. Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in the world right now. On a global scale, more than 264 million people are suffering from depression. It can happen to anyone regardless of their age, gender, country, and ethnicity. It is also noted that depression is more common in women than in men. Though there are some age groups that are affected more than others.
Age Group in which Depression is the Most Common
Many researches have shown that Young Adults (18-25) have the highest rate of depression. In 2017, by estimation around 11 million over the age of 18 have had at least one depressive episode in impairment. It is also noted that the majority of the people who have had a depressive episode suffered impairment because of it. Many people who suffer from depression do not seek the help of any kind and don’t get any type of treatment for it. Commonly, people who suffer from this usually have to fight it alone without any help. Help through medication is the least common type of treatment. Depression is also hereditary. Scientists have found that around 40% of people suffering from depression can be traced back to their parents or some other genetic link. Someone who has parents or siblings suffering from this is three times more likely to suffer from depression.
When it comes to females it is more common that they start having depression episodes from an Adolescent Age (12-17). And around 60% of them don’t receive any type of treatment. So it shows that people below that age of 30 are the ones suffering from depression the most. Since depression is so common among young people, it also leads to a high number of suicide attempts every year. More than 211 thousand young adults commit suicide yearly. And it has become the second leading cause of death for people between the age of 15 and 29.
Second Most Affected Group
Second most affected age group by depression is of adults (26-49). Since this is a highly stressed stage of life, it even affects people who are older and much more aware of their emotions. But it is an age where people have to make a plethora of tough decisions; it can take a toll on their mental health. Especially if they have suffered some depressive episode in the past, it can linger back to them in adulthood. It is more likely to happen to people who already have suffered from it before. So without proper caring, it does become hard to deal with it and makes it more challenging to live a normal life. Through this age, people have to bear the burdens of many responsibilities as well as the loss of their loved ones, which only leaves them even more vulnerable to depression.