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Health Indicator Report of Depression: Adult Prevalence

Approximately 21.0%* of adults in the U.S. experienced some kind of mental illness during 2020^1^. Mental disorders like depression and anxiety can affect people's ability to take part in healthy behaviors. Similarly, physical health problems can make it harder for people to get treatment for mental disorders. Increasing screening for mental disorders can help people get the treatment they need^2^. Approximately 8.4% of adults suffered from at least one episode of major depression in 2020^3^. 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 October 18, 2022. [[br]] 2. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ''Healthy People 2030''. With Understanding and Improving Health and Objectives for Improving Health. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, November 2000 [https://health.gov/healthypeople/objectives-and-data/browse-objectives/mental-health-and-mental-disorders].[[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 October 18, 2022. [[br]] 4. National Alliance on Mental Illness Retrieved from [http://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Conditions/Depression] on October 18, 2022.

Depression Prevalence, Utah and U.S., 2011-2022

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 Department of Health and Human Services Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) [https://ibis.health.utah.gov/ibisph-view/query/selection/brfss/BRFSSSelection.html]
  • Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data, US Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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.

Definition

The percentage of adults aged 18 and above who have ever been told by a doctor, nurse, or other health professionals 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.

Other Objectives

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

How Are We Doing?

In Utah, adult women (34.3%) had significantly higher rates of doctor-diagnosed depression than men (18.1%) in 2022 (age-adjusted rates). Combined years 2020-2022 Utah data showed the following: * Hispanic (19.6%), Asian (12.6%), and Pacific Islander (13.5%) adults reported lower lifetime depression than the state rate. * Adults with a household income less than $25,000 (36.3%), those with a household income $25,000-$49,999 (28.3%), and those with a household income of $50,000-$74,999 (27.1%) had significantly higher rates of lifetime doctor-diagnosed depression, while adults with an income greater than $75,000 (20.9%) had lower rates of lifetime depression. * Depression also varied by education. Utah adults aged 25 and above with some post high school education but not a college degree (27.1%) had a higher rate of doctor-diagnosed depression compared to the state while Utah adults aged 25 and above with a college education (20.1%) had a lower rate of doctor-diagnosed depression. * Adults in TriCounty (19.9%) Wasatch (18.1%), and Summit County (17.7%) local health districts reported lower rates of doctor-diagnosed depression than the state rate. Davis County (26.5%), Tooele County (30.0%) and Weber-Morgan (27.7%) had a rate significantly higher than the state rate. * Among Utah Small Areas, Brigham City (31.9%), Ogden (Downtown) (33.7%), South Ogden (32.9%), Clearfield Area/Hooper (29.6%), Magna (32.1%), South Salt Lake (33.7%), Murray (32.2%), Tooele Valley (30.2%), and Carbon County (30.2%) had higher rates of doctor-diagnosed depression than the state rate. Weber County (East) (18.7%), Herriman (18.8%), Park City (15.5%), Wasatch County (18.1%), Daggett and Uintah County (17.9%), and San Juan (Other) (13.7%) 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 (26.1% vs. 21.4% in 2022).

What Is Being Done?

The Utah Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Substance Use and Mental Health (OSUMH) facilitates the Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition. OSUMH grants funds to five local health or mental health authorities to design and implement comprehensive suicide prevention, intervention and postvention services. Comprehensive suicide prevention activities include promoting mental health resources and help-seeking behavior, distributing gun locks to reduce access to lethal means, development of community postvention plans, and training the community in suicide prevention using evidence-based/promising practice programs such as Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR), VitalCog (Workplace, Construction and Athletics), Mental Health First Aid, Safe and Effective Messaging for Suicide Prevention, and SafeTALK. These trainings promote knowledge and skill development for participants to recognize the warning signs of suicide, how to offer hope, and how to refer to resources and save a life. Additionally OSUMH grants funds to the remaining eight local health or mental health authorities to implement firearm/means safety programming within their areas. OSUMH also coordinates and funds many crisis services across the state, including 988 suicide and crisis lifeline, mobile crisis outreach teams (MCOT), stabilization and mobile response (SMR), and receiving centers.

Evidence-based Practices

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

Available Services

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