Serious Psychological Distress and Major Depressive Episode* Among Women Aged 18 and Older, by Age, 2006
|Age Group||Percent of Women|
|Serious Psychological Distress||Major Depressive Episode|
|50 Years and Older||8.2%||6.0%|
*Serious psychological distress is an overall indicator of past year nonspecific psychological distress that is constructed from the K6 scale, which consists of six questions related to psychological distress. A major depressive episode is 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 the symptoms for depression as described in the DSM-IV, occurring in the past year.↑
Source: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Office of Applied Studies. NATIONAL SURVEY ON DRUG USE AND HEALTH, 2006 [Computer file]. ICPSR21240-v2. Research Triangle Park, NC: Research Triangle Institute [producer], 2007. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-12-03.