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Complete Health Indicator Report of Depression: Adult Prevalence

Definition

The percentage of adults aged 18 and above who have ever been told by a doctor, nurse, or other health professional that they have a depressive disorder, including depression, major depression, dysthymia, or minor depression.

Numerator

The number of adults aged 18 and above who have ever been told by a doctor, nurse, or other health professional that they have a depressive disorder, including depression, major depression, dysthymia, or minor depression.

Denominator

Adults aged 18 and above.

Data Interpretation Issues

Question Text: "Has a doctor, nurse, or other health professional EVER told you that you have a depressive disorder, including depression, major depression, dysthymia, or minor depression?" NOTE: The question asks about lifetime diagnosis and does not reflect current major depression. As with all surveys, some error results from nonresponse (e.g., refusal to participate in the survey or to answer specific questions), and measurement (e.g., social desirability or recall bias). Error was minimized by use of strict calling protocols, good questionnaire design, standardization of interviewer behavior, interviewer training, and frequent, on-site interviewer monitoring and supervision.

Why Is This Important?

Approximately 20.6%* of adults in the U.S. experienced some kind of mental illness during 2019^1^. Of all mental illnesses, depression is the most common disorder^2^, with 7.1% of adults suffering from at least one episode of major depression in 2017^3^. Major depression is defined as having severe symptoms that interfere with a person's ability to work, sleep, study, eat, and enjoy life. Symptoms of major depression may include fatigue or loss of energy, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, impaired concentration, loss of interest in daily activities, appetite or weight changes, sleep changes, and recurring thoughts of death or suicide. Despite the availability of effective treatments for major depression, such as medications and/or psychotherapeutic techniques, it often goes unrecognized and untreated.^4^[[br]] [[br]] ---- 1. National Institute of Mental Health. ''Any Mental Illness (AMI) Among U.S. Adults''. Retrieved from [https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/mental-illness.shtml] on November 24, 2020. [[br]] 2. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ''Healthy People 2010''. 2nd ed. With Understanding and Improving Health and Objectives for Improving Health. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, November 2000.[[br]] 3. National Institute of Mental Health. ''Major Depression Among Adults''. Retrieved from [https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/prevalence/major-depression-among-adults.shtml] on November 24, 2020. [[br]] 4. National Alliance on Mental Illness Retrieved from [http://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Conditions/Depression] on November 24, 2020. *2020 U.S. data is yet to be released and will be updated as soon as current data becomes available.

Healthy People Objective MHMD-11:

Increase depression screening by primary care providers
U.S. Target: Not applicable, see subobjectives in this category

Other Objectives

Related to Healthy People 2030 Objective MHMD-11: Increase depression screening by primary care providers.

How Are We Doing?

In Utah during 2020, adult women (30.4%) had significantly higher rates of doctor-diagnosed depression than men (16.0%). Combined years 2018-2020 Utah data showed the following: * Hispanic (18.3%), Asian (11.7%), and Pacific Islander (14.6%) adults reported lower lifetime depression than the state rate. White adults (24.7%) reported higher lifetime depression than the state rate. * Adults with a household income less than $25,000 (34.2%) and those with a household income $25,000-$49,999 (25.8%) had significantly higher rates of lifetime doctor-diagnosed depression, while adults with an income greater than $75,000 (19.2%) had lower rates of lifetime depression. * Depression also varied by education. Utah adults aged 25 and above with a college education (19.7%) had a lower rate of doctor-diagnosed depression than adult Utahns with less education. * Adults in Central (20.6%), San Juan (16.4%), Utah County (18.9%), and Wasatch Local Health District (18.9%) reported lower rates of doctor-diagnosed depression than the state rate. Tooele County (25.0%) and Weber Morgan (26.7%) had a rate significantly higher than the state rate. * Among Utah Small Areas, Hyrum (36.3%), Brigham City (32.6%), Midvale (32.4%), Sandy (Center) V2 (32.1%), South Salt Lake (31.8%), Murray (31.6%), Ben Lomond (29.9%), Salt Lake City (Downtown) V2 (29.8%), Tooele Valley (28.7%), Carbon County (28.6%) and Layton/South Weber (28.4%) had higher rates of doctor-diagnosed depression than the state rate. San Juan County (Other) (11.5%), Delta/Fillmore (14.7%), Bountiful (17.4%), American Fork (17.9%), Central (Other) (18.1%), Wasatch County (18.9%), and Lehi (19.4%) had lower rates than the state rate.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

Utah has consistently higher rates of self-reported lifetime depression than the U.S. rate (23.1% vs. 18.8% in 2020).

What Is Being Done?

The Utah Department of Health Violence and Injury Prevention Program (VIPP) has partnered with the Division of Substance and Mental Health (DSAMH) to facilitate the Suicide Prevention Coalition and Suicide Fatality Reviews. In addition, six local health districts (Bear River, Davis, Summit, Tooele, Utah, Weber-Morgan) have been funded to do suicide prevention activities such as promoting mental health resources and help-seeking behavior, distributing gun locks to reduce access to lethal means, and training the community in suicide prevention using evidence based/promising practice programs like Signs of Suicide, Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR), Working Minds, and SafeTALK. These trainings promote suicide first aid by teaching individuals to recognize the warning signs of suicide, how to offer hope, and how to refer to resources and save a life.

Evidence-based Practices

Evidence based practices for suicide prevention and media messaging can be found on [http://vipp.health.utah.gov/suicide-data/].

Available Services

The Utah Department of Human Services Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH) is the state agency responsible for ensuring that mental health services are available statewide. The Division also acts as a resource by providing general information, research results, and statistics to the public regarding substances of abuse and mental health services. The Division contracts with Community Mental Health Centers (CMHC) to provide these services and monitors these centers through site visits, a year-end review process, and a peer review process. Address:[[br]] Department of Human Services[[br]] Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health[[br]] 195 North 1950 West[[br]] Salt Lake City, UT 84116 Phone: (801) 538-3939[[br]] Fax: (801) 538-9892[[br]] [http://dsamh.utah.gov/]


Related Indicators

Relevant Population Characteristics

The proportion of adults who reported ever being told they had a depressive disorder varies by a number of population characteristics including age, sex, income, and education.

Related Relevant Population Characteristics Indicators:


Health Care System Factors

Because people with chronic health conditions may also be at greater risk for depression, it is important that primary care providers assess their patients with chronic physical conditions for depression. The Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) was developed to be used by primary care providers for screening, diagnosing, and measuring the severity of depression. The PHQ-9 was adapted for telephone health surveys and is asked on the Utah Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance in some years.^1^[[br]] [[br]] ---- 1. Utah Health Status Update: Major Depression, October 2014, Utah Department of Health, available at: [https://ibis.health.utah.gov/pdf/opha/publication/hsu/2014/1410_Depression.pdf]

Related Health Care System Factors Indicators:


Risk Factors

Utah adults who reported chronic illnesses and/or poor health status in general, were also more likely to have reported having ever been told they had a depressive disorder. It is known that behavioral health problems often co-occur with chronic diseases and may exacerbate poor health outcomes.

Related Risk Factors Indicators:


Health Status Outcomes

In attempts to deal with the pain of depression, some people with depression turn to drugs, alcohol, and other harmful behaviors that can endanger their lives.

Related Health Status Outcomes Indicators:




Graphical Data Views

Depression Prevalence, Utah and U.S., 2011-2020

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Utah vs. U.S.YearAge-adjusted Percentage of AdultsLower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 20
Utah201121.9%21.0%22.9%
Utah201220.8%19.9%21.8%
Utah201321.8%20.9%22.7%
Utah201420.8%20.0%21.6%
Utah201520.8%19.9%21.8%
Utah201621.5%20.5%22.6%
Utah201722.5%21.5%23.6%
Utah201824.2%23.2%25.3%
Utah201923.0%22.0%24.0%
Utah202023.1%22.1%24.2%
U.S.201116.7%16.5%16.9%
U.S.201216.8%16.6%17.0%
U.S.201317.6%17.4%17.8%
U.S.201418.1%17.9%18.3%
U.S.201517.6%17.4%17.8%
U.S.201617.3%17.0%17.6%
U.S.201719.3%19.0%19.5%
U.S.201818.6%18.4%18.8%
U.S.201919.1%18.8%19.3%
U.S.202018.8%18.5%19.1%

Data Notes

The question asks about lifetime diagnosis and does not reflect current major depression.   [[br]] [[br]] Age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population. [[br]] Age-adjustment groups were 18-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-64, 65+.

Data Sources

  • Utah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health
  • U.S. Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), Division of Behavioral Surveillance, CDC Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services


Depression Prevalence by Age and Sex, Utah, 2018-2020

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Males vs. FemalesAge GroupPercentage of AdultsLower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 24
Male18-2420.2%18.1%22.5%
Male25-3420.1%18.3%22.0%
Male35-4416.7%15.1%18.4%
Male45-5414.2%12.7%15.9%
Male55-6416.2%14.5%18.1%
Male65-7414.7%13.1%16.5%
Male75-849.5%7.6%11.8%
Male85+5.7%3.6%9.0%
Female18-2434.9%32.0%37.9%
Female25-3433.0%30.8%35.3%
Female35-4431.2%29.2%33.2%
Female45-5429.9%27.8%32.2%
Female55-6430.9%28.8%33.0%
Female65-7427.4%25.2%29.6%
Female75-8418.4%16.1%20.9%
Female85+11.1%8.3%14.7%
Total18-2427.3%25.5%29.3%
Total25-3426.4%25.0%27.9%
Total35-4423.9%22.6%25.2%
Total45-5421.9%20.5%23.3%
Total55-6423.7%22.3%25.1%
Total65-7421.3%19.9%22.7%
Total75-8414.4%12.8%16.1%
Total85+8.8%6.9%11.2%

Data Notes

The question asks about lifetime diagnosis and does not reflect current major depression.

Data Source

Utah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health


Depression Prevalence by Ethnicity, Utah, 2018-2020

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Hispanic EthnicityAge-adjusted Percentage of AdultsLower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 3
Hispanic18.3%16.5%20.2%
Non-Hispanic24.4%23.8%25.1%
All Utahns23.4%22.9%24.0%

Data Notes

The question asks about lifetime diagnosis and does not reflect current major depression.   [[br]] [[br]] Age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population.

Data Source

Utah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health


Depression Prevalence by Race, Utah, 2018-2020

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RaceAge-adjusted Percentage of AdultsLower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 7
American Indian/Native Alaskan23.0%18.9%27.7%
Asian11.7%8.2%16.3%
Black24.0%18.5%30.5%
Pacific Islander14.6%9.6%21.6%
White24.6%24.0%25.3%
Two or More Races20.3%15.5%26.1%
All Races23.4%22.9%24.0%

Data Notes

The question asks about lifetime diagnosis and does not reflect current major depression.   [[br]] [[br]] Age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population using three age groups (18-34, 35-49, 50+).

Data Source

Utah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health


Depression Prevalence by Local Health District, Utah, 2018-2020

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Local Health DistrictAge-adjusted Percentage of AdultsLower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 14
Bear River25.5%23.2%27.9%
Central20.6%18.2%23.3%
Davis County24.6%22.9%26.5%
Salt Lake County23.6%22.6%24.7%
San Juan16.4%11.9%22.1%
Southeast26.8%23.3%30.6%
Southwest21.3%19.3%23.5%
Summit21.1%16.7%26.2%
Tooele28.2%25.0%31.6%
TriCounty21.5%18.9%24.4%
Utah County22.0%20.8%23.3%
Wasatch18.9%15.3%23.1%
Weber-Morgan26.7%24.6%28.8%
State of Utah23.4%22.9%24.0%

Data Notes

The question asks about lifetime diagnosis and does not reflect current major depression.   [[br]] Prior to 2015 San Juan County was part of the Southeast Local Health District. In 2015 the San Juan County Local Health District was formed. Data reported are for all years using the current boundaries.[[br]] Age-adjusted to the 2000 standard U.S. population.

Data Source

Utah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health


Depression Prevalence by Utah Small Area, 2018-2020

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Utah Small AreasAge-adjusted Percentage of AdultsLower LimitUpper LimitNote
Record Count: 100
Brigham City32.6%26.3%39.6%
Box Elder Co (Other) V216.1%10.1%24.6%
Tremonton28.0%20.4%37.1%
Logan V224.7%20.5%29.4%
North Logan22.1%15.8%30.1%
Cache (Other)/Rich (All) V223.5%18.1%29.9%
Hyrum36.3%25.3%49.0%
Smithfield29.5%20.4%40.4%
Ben Lomond29.9%25.6%34.6%
Weber County (East)20.9%16.3%26.4%
Morgan County21.3%12.2%34.6%
Ogden (Downtown)28.1%23.2%33.6%
South Ogden27.8%22.4%34.0%
Roy/Hooper28.1%23.1%33.6%
Riverdale28.8%22.6%35.8%
Clearfield Area/Hooper27.3%23.1%33.6%
Layton/South Weber28.4%24.7%32.5%
Kaysville/Fruit Heights21.6%17.0%26.9%
Syracuse22.7%17.2%29.4%
Centerville25.5%17.9%34.9%
Farmington26.1%19.0%34.8%
North Salt Lake22.4%15.9%30.7%
Woods Cross/West Bountiful21.4%14.3%30.7%
Bountiful17.4%13.6%22.0%
SLC (Rose Park)20.3%15.3%26.3%
SLC (Avenues)30.1%23.2%38.1%
SLC (Foothill/East Bench)24.1%17.3%32.6%
Magna25.5%19.3%32.9%
SLC (Glendale) V221.7%15.6%29.5%
West Valley (Center)19.6%15.3%24.9%
West Valley (West) V218.6%13.0%26.1%
West Valley (East) V222.9%18.2%28.3%
SLC (Downtown) V229.8%24.1%36.2%
SLC (Southeast Liberty)23.3%16.9%31.1%
South Salt Lake31.8%25.2%39.2%
SLC (Sugar House)23.9%18.8%29.8%
Millcreek (South)18.2%12.4%26.0%
Millcreek (East)18.5%13.2%25.4%
Holladay V231.5%23.5%40.7%
Cottonwood21.0%15.7%27.5%
Kearns V227.4%21.9%33.7%
Taylorsville (E)/Murray (W)25.3%20.2%31.2%
Taylorsville (West)22.8%17.6%29.1%
Murray31.6%25.3%38.6%
Midvale32.4%25.9%39.7%
West Jordan (Northeast) V222.3%17.2%28.3%
West Jordan (Southeast)25.3%19.9%31.6%
West Jordan (W)/Copperton19.9%15.2%25.6%
South Jordan V219.6%15.0%25.1%
Daybreak25.7%19.6%32.9%
Sandy (West)23.3%17.8%29.9%
Sandy (Center) V232.1%25.1%40.0%
Sandy (Northeast)17.6%11.7%25.5%
Sandy (Southeast)22.8%17.1%29.7%
Draper20.0%14.7%26.6%
Riverton/Bluffdale25.5%20.6%31.2%
Herriman25.2%20.4%30.7%
Tooele County (Other)25.4%19.7%32.1%
Tooele Valley28.7%25.0%32.7%
Eagle Mountain/Cedar Valley23.7%17.8%30.8%
Lehi19.4%15.9%23.5%
Saratoga Springs20.1%14.8%26.6%
American Fork17.9%14.0%22.5%
Alpine22.8%13.5%36.0%
Pleasant Grove/Lindon24.8%20.5%29.6%
Orem (North)22.9%18.4%28.2%
Orem (West)28.3%22.7%34.8%
Orem (East)25.9%19.0%34.3%
Provo/BYU19.6%14.9%25.3%
Provo (West City Center)22.8%17.7%28.9%
Provo (East City Center)22.4%16.4%29.8%
Salem City27.3%18.4%38.3%
Spanish Fork26.9%21.9%32.5%
Springville24.4%19.3%30.3%
Mapleton13.0%6.9%23.3%*
Utah County (South) V222.7%15.9%31.3%
Payson23.1%17.9%29.3%
Park City17.9%12.2%25.6%
Summit County (East)24.8%18.5%32.4%
Wasatch County18.9%15.3%23.1%
Daggett and Uintah County21.4%18.5%24.7%
Duchesne County21.7%17.4%26.8%
Nephi/Mona21.4%13.4%32.5%
Delta/Fillmore14.7%9.6%21.8%
Sanpete Valley22.5%17.9%27.9%
Central (Other)18.1%14.2%22.8%
Richfield/Monroe/Salina24.0%18.3%30.8%
Carbon County28.6%23.9%33.9%
Emery County24.0%18.2%30.8%
Grand County25.3%16.9%36.0%
Blanding/Monticello19.0%12.7%27.4%
San Juan County (Other)11.5%6.4%19.6%
St. George21.3%17.9%25.2%
Washington Co (Other) V217.5%11.3%26.0%
Washington City24.8%18.5%32.4%
Hurricane/La Verkin23.5%16.5%32.4%
Ivins/Santa Clara16.2%8.7%28.1%
Cedar City23.9%19.5%29.0%
Southwest LHD (Other)21.1%15.8%27.6%
State of Utah23.4%22.9%24.0%

Data Notes

The question asks about lifetime diagnosis and does not reflect current major depression.   [[br]] [[br]] Age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population. A description of the Utah Small Areas may be found on IBIS at the following URL: [https://ibis.health.utah.gov/resource/Guidelines.html].

Data Source

Utah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health


Depression Prevalence by Education, Utah Adults Aged 25+, 2018-2020

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Education LevelAge-adjusted Percentage of Adults Aged 25+Lower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 5
Less Than High School20.9%18.5%23.6%
H.S. Grad or G.E.D.23.4%22.2%24.7%
Some Post High School26.1%25.0%27.2%
College Graduate19.7%18.9%20.6%
Total22.9%22.3%23.5%

Data Notes

The question asks about lifetime diagnosis and does not reflect current major depression.   [[br]] [[br]] Age-adjusted to the U.S. 2000 standard population

Data Source

Utah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health


Depression Prevalence by Income, Utah, 2018-2020

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Income CategoryAge-adjusted Percentage of AdultsLower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 5
<$25,00034.2%32.3%36.2%
$25,000-$49,99925.8%24.3%27.3%
$50,000-$74,99923.5%22.1%25.0%
$75,000+19.2%18.3%20.1%
Total23.4%22.9%24.0%

Data Notes

The question asks about lifetime diagnosis and does not reflect current major depression.   [[br]] [[br]] Age-adjusted to the U.S. 2000 standard population.

Data Source

Utah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health

More Resources and Links

Evidence-based community health improvement ideas and interventions may be found at the following sites:

Additional indicator data by state and county may be found on these Websites:

Medical literature can be queried at the PubMed website.

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