Percentage of U.S. youth aged 12 to 17 years with a major depressive episode in the past year as of 2017, by age

Major depressive episode in the past year among U.S. youth 2017, by age This statistic depicts the percentage of U.S. youth aged 12 to 17 years with a major depressive episode in the past year in 2017, by age. At that time, it was surveyed that approximately 11.8 percent of 14 year olds experienced a major depressive episode in the past year.
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AgePercentage of respondents
12 years4.8%
13 years8.8%
14 years11.8%
15 years17.2%
16 years16.9%
17 years18.5%
Total13.3%
AgePercentage of respondents
12 years4.8%
13 years8.8%
14 years11.8%
15 years17.2%
16 years16.9%
17 years18.5%
Total13.3%
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This statistic depicts the percentage of U.S. youth aged 12 to 17 years with a major depressive episode in the past year in 2017, by age. At that time, it was surveyed that approximately 11.8 percent of 14 year olds experienced a major depressive episode in the past year.
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Release date
September 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
2017
Number of respondents
base: around 70,000
Age group
12-17 years
Method of interview
Questionnaire
Supplementary notes
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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