Health Status of Canadians 2016: Report of the Chief Public Health Officer - How are we unhealthy? - Mood disorders
How are we unhealthy?
In 2014, just over 2 million or just under 1 in 10 Canadians said they had been diagnosed with a mood disorder by a health professional (see Figure 1)Footnote 1.
Mood disorders are among the most common types of psychological disorders in Canada. They can lead to stress, problems at work or with social relationships, as well as poor health and well-being.Footnote 2,Footnote 3
Over time, by sex, by age
The proportion of Canadians who said they had been diagnosed with a mood disorder has been increasing, from 5% in 2003 to 8% in 2014 (see Figure 2)Footnote 1.
The proportion of Canadians who report being diagnosed with a mood disorder is increasing for both men and women. Women are consistently more likely to report being diagnosed with mood disorders than men (see Figure 3)Footnote 1.
The proportion of Canadians reporting that they have been diagnosed with a mood disorder has increased in all age groups since 2003.Footnote 1
|12 to 19 years||3%||5%|
|20 to 34 years||5%||8%|
|35 to 44 years||6%||8%|
|45 to 64 years||7%||10%|
|65 years and older||4%||6%|
In 2014, 14% of Canadians living in the lowest income households and 5% of Canadians living in the highest income households reported having symptoms similar to those of a mood disorder (see Figure 4)Footnote 4.
Data on mood disorders in Indigenous populations are not directly comparable to the data described above. Data on mood disorders have not been collected at a national level for First Nations on-reserve.
In 2007-2010, First Nations living off reserve and Métis were more likely to report being diagnosed with a mood disorder than Inuit and non-Indigenous people.Footnote 5
|First Nations off-reserve||12%|
|Inuit||5%Table 2 footnote a|
Data presented in this table are adjusted by age. Indigenous populations tend to be younger than non-Indigenous populations which can affect the ability to compare data across groups.
Data related to mood disorders are not collected such that they can be compared across countries.
Notes to the reader
- Mood disorders are measured in Canadians aged 12 and over. Data presented in this section are based on whether or not people report having been diagnosed by a health professional with a mood disorder (such as depression, bipolar disorder, mania or dysthymia).Footnote 1
- Indigenous populations consist of First Nations, Métis and Inuit.
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