Depression peaks at age 44, according to study

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16 Responses to “Depression peaks at age 44, according to study”

  1. Mazoola says:

    “Only in their 50s”?

    Now I’m really depressed….

  2. Takuan says:

    we evolved to live perhaps 20 years, not surprising things fall to bits past 40

  3. thisonebetterwork says:

    I read another study which showed that older people were less depressed than younger. It also claimed that when older people were asked whether they believed they were happier earlier in life it was a resounding “yes”. It makes perfect sense given that how depressed we are is largely influenced by our ability to cope. As we grow older we have better ways to cope with depression and make ourselves feel better.

  4. Jeremy A says:

    @ 4

    Tell me about it. 25 more years of a downhill slide is not very reassuring.

  5. Yankadian says:

    I was depressed as hell at age 20, so were a lot of my friends, acquaintances, and girls I dated. It was the stress of university, lack of identity, overload of hormones, and pure emotional dependancy, I think.

    If I have to go back to that state at 50, I say, “No thank you!” I’m going to take up smoking again.

  6. mujadaddy says:

    That’s odd… I don’t FEEL like I’m getting more depressed…

  7. bcsizemo says:

    Mid 40′s sounds about right to me. Wife, house, kids probably enter the teenage years. Yeah, I expect that’s going to push all my buttons…hard.
    And by late 50′s, 60 well the kids will be gone, hopefully work will be winding down and life we come at a slower pace. Amazing how that works.

  8. mellowknees says:

    all right!

    I can’t wait to be 70! Bye bye depression….in only…another…thirty…five…years…of…this hell…

    aw, crap.

  9. ZippySpincycle says:

    Not to get too depressing, but I wonder if some of the reason that less depression is noted past 45 is that a portion of the pool of depressed folks has, well, voluntarily removed themselves from the survey population.

    “I’m not getting you down, am I?”–Marvin

  10. Antinous says:

    The study also noted that the US has the greatest difference between men and women in this regard, with women tanking at around 40 and men at around 50.

  11. pffft says:

    #6 hit it. When you’re 44 your kids are probably just hitting their teen years or just hitting the peak of teen hormonal angst.

    That’s pretty much ’nuff said right there.

  12. Kit10inDublin says:

    There is so much misinformation, misconception and ignorance about depression and mental health. Studies like these actually don’t provide any beneficial information. And yup, I have diagnosed clinical depression for nearly 10 years now. I’m 41 – I simply cannot wait to reach my peak…!

  13. Tom says:

    @2: There’s good evidence that humans have been strongly selected to live a very long time, as well as an obvious selective advantage that evolution can operate on. Every other mammal lives about a billion of its own heartbeats. We live twice that, which is more like the reptile average.

    It isn’t just good nutrition and public health infrastructure that make the difference. Other mammals, even when well cared for, don’t match our relative lifespan.

  14. michaelwong38 says:

    I believe this to be true. Leonard Cohen recently said that he doesn’t feel as depressed as he did when he was a young man.

    Subsequently, his newer stuff isn’t as good as his older stuff. :(

  15. constantskeptic says:

    poop on depression at any age.. be happy

  16. IWood says:

    I tanked last year at 35.

    If that wasn’t tanking…well, then, I’m taking some of you with me, goddammit.

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