Major Depression, Treatment Receipt, and Treatment Sources Among Non-Metropolitan and Metropolitan Adults


Major depression remains a relatively common health problem, afflicting approximately 7% of both non-metropolitan and metropolitan adults in the U.S. However, little is known about the prevalence of major depression and receipt of treatment for major depression among non-metropolitan as compared to metropolitan residents. Major depression is defined using the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) definition of a major depressive episode meeting Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-V criteria and is termed depression.

Using the 2017 NSDUH, with an unweighted sample size of 42,066 for U.S. adults ages 18 years and older who satisfied criteria for past year depression, this study estimated and compared between non-metropolitan and metropolitan adults the prevalence of depression, receipt of treatment for depression, and sources of treatment for depression.

Rural and Underserved Health Research Center
Tyrone Borders