Percentage of Adults with Serious Psychological Distress

Notes: GED = general educational development certification.
Serious psychological distress is based on responses to the questions, “During the past 30 days, how often did you feel 1) so sad that nothing could cheer you up, 2) nervous, 3) restless or fidgety, 4) hopeless, 5) that everything was an effort, or 6) worthless?” Response codes for the six items for each person were summed to yield a point value on a 0–24 point scale. A value of 13 or more was used to define serious psychological distress.
Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the noninstitutionalized U.S. civilian population. Estimates are age adjusted using the projected 2000 U.S. population as the standard population and using five age groups: 24–44 years, 45–54 years, 55–64 years, 65–74 years, and ≥75 years.
§ 95% confidence interval.

Data Sources: National Health Interview Survey.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Percentage of Adults Aged ≥25 Years with Serious Psychological Distress, by Education Level and Sex — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2010–2013