Statistics for Major Depression and Bipolar Disease

Statistics for major depression and bipolar disease (all fact checked and referenced by Paul)


  1. Each year 6.7% of U.S. adults experience an episode of major depression.
  2. More than 3% of adolescents 13 to 18 years of age have had a life-disrupting episode of major depression and this number is rising.
  3. 10 to 15% of women will have postpartum depression.
  4. 25% of people with schizophrenia also have major depression disease.
  5. If you have a parent or sibling with bipolar disorder, there is a 15% chance that you will develop it.
  6. The overall rate suicide for all age groups was 14 per 100,000 population.
  7. In 2017 men died by suicide 3.5 times greater than women.
  8. White males accounted for 78% of suicide deaths
  9. In 2017 there were 47,200 suicides (up from 44,000)
  10. 575,000 suicide attempts were reported by hospitals who often do not report attempts.
  11. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US.
  12. There are 129 suicides per day.
  13. Veterans of the recent wars commit 21 suicides per day.
  14. Among folk with affective disorders (major depression disease and bipolar disease) have a life-time incidence of completed suicide of 15% or 1 in 15. With better medications that number has been reduced in half to 8% or 1 in 8.
  15. In 2011 the incidence of middle-aged adults first became higher than the 65 and older age group with 21 per 100,000 population.
  16. Affective diseases, loss of cognitive function, loss of social function, prolonged grief, loss of support groups such as elderly friends, ruptures in family dynamics, financial problems, lack of a confidant, chronic pain and feelings of being a burden are the factors that lead to the high incidence of suicide in the geriatric age group.
  17. Suicide attempts leading to completed suicides are much greater in the old age group. For young age groups there is one completed suicide for every 200 attempts. For older age group there is a successful suicide for every four attempts.
  18. 50% of folks with schizophrenia do not believe they are sick and thus will refuse treatment. The term for this is
  19. Most suicides are impulsive. 80% of all suicide attempts are conceived/carried out within one hour, 35% within thirty minutes and 24% within five minutes. As mentioned there were about 47,000 suicides in 2017. There were 37,000 motor vehicle deaths, 15,000 homicides and over 66,000 opiate overdoses in 2016.
  20. 50% of mass shootings are committed by people with untreated paranoid schizophrenia or manic psychosis.
  21. For suicides males outnumber females 4 to 1. By ethnicity whites had the highest suicide rates and American Indians and Alaskan natives were second. White males accounted for 70% of all suicides in 2014.
  22. The most common method was by firearms (50%).
  23. Folks with bipolar disease in a mixed state are the most susceptible to suicide and the most difficult to treat.


Written by paul