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Youth who had a Major Depressive Episode

This indicator shows the percentage of youth ages 12 to 17 who had at least one major depressive episode (MDE) in the past year.

Youth who had a Major Depressive Episode

7.8
8.1
Comparison: TX State Value 

8.1

percent
Measurement Period: 2008-2010

Substate Region: 3a

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Technical Note: The regional value is compared to the Texas state value.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: April 2013

Why is this important?

Major depression is the leading cause of disability in the United States. It is the cause of more than two-thirds of suicides every year. In 2007, approximately 2.0 million youths aged 12 to 17 experienced at least one major depressive episode (MDE) in the past year. However, only 40% of them received treatment. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), MDE is defined as a period of at least 2 weeks when a person experiences a depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities and has a at least four other symptoms that interfere with functioning such as problems with sleep, eating, energy, concentration, and self-image. Treatment options for MDE include psychotherapy and medication, among others.
The Healthy People 2020 national health target is to reduce the proportion of adolescents aged 12 to 17 years who experience a major depressive episode (MDE) to 7.5%

Youth who had a Major Depressive Episode : Time Series

2004-2006: 8.4 2006-2008: 7.9 2008-2010: 8.1

percent

Youth who had a Major Depressive Episode

Comparison: Prior Value 

8.1

percent
Measurement Period: 2008-2010

Substate Region: 3a

View All Location Types

Technical Note: The trend is a comparison between the most recent and previous measurement periods. Confidence intervals were taken into account in determining the direction of the trend.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: April 2013

Why is this important?

Major depression is the leading cause of disability in the United States. It is the cause of more than two-thirds of suicides every year. In 2007, approximately 2.0 million youths aged 12 to 17 experienced at least one major depressive episode (MDE) in the past year. However, only 40% of them received treatment. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), MDE is defined as a period of at least 2 weeks when a person experiences a depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities and has a at least four other symptoms that interfere with functioning such as problems with sleep, eating, energy, concentration, and self-image. Treatment options for MDE include psychotherapy and medication, among others.
The Healthy People 2020 national health target is to reduce the proportion of adolescents aged 12 to 17 years who experience a major depressive episode (MDE) to 7.5%

Youth who had a Major Depressive Episode : Time Series

2004-2006: 8.4 2006-2008: 7.9 2008-2010: 8.1

percent

Youth who had a Major Depressive Episode

Target Not Met
Comparison: Healthy People 2020 Target 

8.1

percent
Measurement Period: 2008-2010

Substate Region: 3a

View All Location Types

Healthy People 2020 Target: 7.5 percent
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: April 2013

Why is this important?

Major depression is the leading cause of disability in the United States. It is the cause of more than two-thirds of suicides every year. In 2007, approximately 2.0 million youths aged 12 to 17 experienced at least one major depressive episode (MDE) in the past year. However, only 40% of them received treatment. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), MDE is defined as a period of at least 2 weeks when a person experiences a depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities and has a at least four other symptoms that interfere with functioning such as problems with sleep, eating, energy, concentration, and self-image. Treatment options for MDE include psychotherapy and medication, among others.
The Healthy People 2020 national health target is to reduce the proportion of adolescents aged 12 to 17 years who experience a major depressive episode (MDE) to 7.5%

Youth who had a Major Depressive Episode : Time Series

2004-2006: 8.4 2006-2008: 7.9 2008-2010: 8.1

percent