At least 50 percent of Americans said they felt depressed, down or hopeless on some days, according to U.S. Census Bureau data from May. In 2013 and 2014, only 25 percent of Americans said they sometimes felt such emotions. The 2013-2014 survey asked about symptoms experienced over a two-week period, while the 2020 survey asked about symptoms experienced over a one-week period; totals may add up to more than 100 percent due to rounding.

Source: “National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey: DPQ020 — Feeling down, depressed or hopeless,” U.S. Census Bureau, March 2016, https://tinyurl.com/yy4rprry; “Health Table 2b. Symptoms of Depression Experienced in the Last 7 Days, by Select Characteristics,” U.S. Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey, Week 2, May 2020, https://tinyurl.com/yybhrcok

Data for the graphic are as follows:

Time Period Percentage Feeling Down, Depressed or Hopeless More Than Half the Days Percentage Feeling Down, Depressed or Hopeless Several Days Percentage Not Feeling Down, Depressed or Hopeless at All
2013-2014 8% 17% 76%
May 7-12, 2020 20% 30% 50%

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