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Occurrence of Major Depressive Episode (MDE)* in the Past Year Among Adolescents Aged 12-17 Years, by Age and Gender, 2008

Occurrence of Major Depressive Episode (MDE)* in the Past Year Among Adolescents Aged 12-17 Years, by Age and Gender, 2008
Age Group Percent of children
Female Male

* MDE is defined as a period of at least two weeks when a person experienced a depressed mood or loss of pleasure in daily activities and had a majority of specific depression symptoms.

Source II.11: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration, National Survey of Drug Use and Health

Total 4.3 12.4
Age 12 2.8 5.0
Age 13 3.2 8.5
Age 14 3.8 11.9
Age 15 3.9 14.9
Age 16 5.6 17.6
Age 17 6.3 15.1

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