A new report released recently by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that almost 8 percent of Americans over age 12 have moderate to severe depression. The report, based on data from the National Center for Health Statistics, found depression is most prevalent among middle-age women aged 40 to 59 years old.
In every age group, women were found to have the higher rate of depression than men. Teenage boys aged 12 to 17 and men over age 60 had the lowest rates of depression.
But gender wasn't the only influential factor. The report also found people living below poverty level were two and half times more likely to suffer from depression.
Dr. Warren Taylor, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine was interviewed by CBS News about these findings.