By the Numbers: Men and Depression
The percentage of men in the United States
who have daily feelings of depression or
anxiety, according to data from the National
Health Interview Survey (2010–13)
The share of those men who
took medication because of
those feelings, according
to the survey.
The share who spoke
to a mental health
professional, according to the survey.
30. 6 percent
The percentage of men who have suffered from
a period of depression in their lifetime, when
measured by a “gender inclusive depression
scale” that includes symptoms such as rage and
risk-taking, according to a 2013 study in JAMA
Psychiatry. The study found no significant difference
between the rate of depression in men and in
women. Studies that use traditional depression
scales, in contrast, found that depression is more
common in women than in men.
The suicide rate among American men is about
four times higher than among women, according
to data from the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention. Women are more likely to attempt
suicide but men are more likely to succeed.
White men age 85 and older have the highest
suicide rate of any demographic group in
the United States, four times larger than the
population as a whole. Fifty-one out of every
100,000 white males older than 85 commit suicide
each year, more than any other group by age, sex
and race, according to 2012 statistics from the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.