Major Depression affects veterans at a rate of approximately 312,000 per year. On average major depression affects veterans at a rate of 9.3% for those 21 – 39 years old.  These individuals experience at least one episode of major depression per year. This past year the rate breaks down as follows:

  • Among younger veterans 21 – 25 years old – 12.1%.
  • For veterans aged 26 – 29 – 13.4%.
  • For older veterans in the age range of 30 – 34 – 7.5%
  • For those in the 35 – 39 age range – 8.3%.

Major depression affects veterans who are female even more frequently. It’s twice as likely to occur in female veterans than in male veterans, 16.6% vs. 8.0%.

The racial breakdown for major depression affects veterans aged 21 – 39 who are women was:

  • African American – 9.6%
  • Caucasian – 9.2%
  • Hispanic – 8.5%

How Did Major Depression Affects Veterans in the Past Year?

Major depression affects veterans level of function: 99.2% of those aged 21 – 39 who had a past year history of major depression reported having some type of impairment, whether it was in trying to manage their home, do their job, dealing with close relationships or in their social life.

As a result of their depression, over half of veterans (51.7%) said they were severely impaired when trying to cope in at least one those areas of their life mentioned above.  Nearly one fourth (23.5%) said they were very severely impaired in their ability to function as a result of their depressive symptoms.

How Major Depression Affects Veterans:

  • Home Management – 55.4%
  • Ability to work – 41.3%
  • Relationships with others – 50.4%
  • Social life – 57.7%

Veterans who claimed they were severely impaired as a result of their depression said they could not function normally in their activities on average 120 days in the past year.  For veterans reporting any impairment as a result of their depressive symptoms they said they were unable to carry out their normal activities on average 57.4 days in the past year.

Major Depression Affects Veterans but How Many Were Treated and What Type of Treatment Did They Receive?

More than half, 59.6% of veterans did receive treatment for depression in the past year:

  • 74% saw or spoke to a doctor or other health professional plus used antidepressants.
  • 9% saw or spoke to a doctor or other health professional but did not take antidepressants.
  • 1% used antidepressants but did not see or talk to a doctor or other health professional.

Because our treatment for depression relies on evidence based practices, our Intensive Outpatient Program shares many common methods with other successful treatment methods.  The foundation of our treatment program for relies on the principles of the stages of change, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused treatment, skills training and identifying repetitive dysfunctional behavioral relationship patterns to promote recovery from depression and other mental health disorders.  In Tennessee, less half of all individuals with any mental illness in Tennessee will receive mental health treatment, so this would indicate that veterans in Memphis are less likely to receive treatment for major depression.  However, our Intensive Outpatient Program in Memphis, TN that has been proven to be effective in the treatment of these disorders in six peer reviewed treatment outcome studies.   Our treatment center provides services to those who need more treatment than one hour a week, but less than 24 hour care, by providing three hours of treatment per day, three to five days per week, in an intensive outpatient setting.  It is also important to keep in mind that women and men often experience depression differently and therefore the presence of depression may also appear differently based on gender. If you or a loved one is showing signs of depression or anxiety, they should be assessed by a trained mental health professional who can help design a treatment plan for depression that can result in recovery.  Treatment for depression and anxiety can be highly successful and people who have completed our program have resulted in our treatment program receiving very highly consumer satisfaction scores and reviewsCall us at 901-682-6136 to schedule an appointment.