The Prevalence and Distribution of Major Depression in a National Community Sample: the National Comorbidity Survey
Blazer D G~~Kessler R C~~et al
To estimate the prevalence of psychiatric comorbidity in the USA, 8098 people were surveyed. From the survey data, the prevalence of current major depression was estimated to be 4.9%, with a relatively higher presence in females, young adults, & persons with less than a college education. Findings suggest a greater burden of major depression in community-dwelling persons than has been estimated previously. Significant differences were found between persons with pure & combined major depression.