Key Facts About Depression Everyone Should Know

May 31, 2024

1. About 3.8% of the population, or about 280 million people worldwide, experiences depression, with the prevalence rate for women being about double that of men.

2. Depression can show up in ways beyond just feeling sad. Those experiencing depression might notice vague aches and pains or changes in their appetite, weight, or sleep patterns.

3. Evidence suggests that when done together with therapy, exercises such as yoga, tai chi, qi gong, resistance training, and aerobics can improve symptoms in those with major depressive disorder.

Sources: National Center for Biotechnology Information. (2023) Major Depressive Disorder. |Robertson, G. (2022) Recognizing the Lesser-Known Symptoms of Depression. National Alliance on Mental Illness. | VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Major Depressive Disorder. (2022). | World Health Organization. (2023) Depressive disorder (depression).

Where to Find Help

If you or a loved one is living with depression, the following organizations offer the assistance and support you need:

—Melissa Fiorenza