Suicide thoughts among U.S. adults by major depressive episode 2018

This statistic shows suicide thoughts, plans and attempts among U.S. adults as of 2018, broken down by major depressive episode. Almost 32 percent of respondents with a major depressive episode had serious thoughts of suicide within the preceding year.

Suicide thoughts, plans and attempts among U.S. adults as of 2018, by major depressive episode*

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Release date

August 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

2018

Number of respondents

base: around 70,000

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Questionnaire

Supplementary notes

* Suicide thoughts, plans and attempt in the past year. serious thoughts of suicide in the past year. Major Depressive Episode (MDE) is defined as in the 4th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), which specifies a period of at least 2 weeks when a person experienced a depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities and had a majority of specified depression symptoms. Respondents with unknown past year MDE data were excluded.

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