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Feelings of depression normal, everyone has

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Respondents who reported feeling depressed at least monthly (DEPFREQ) or who were taking medication for depression (DEPRX) reported whether they agreed with the statement: "Everybody has these feelings [of depression]. They are part of life and are normal."

This item was collected for sample adults who completed the Quality of Life supplement (administered to approximately a quarter of sample adults).


There are no comparability problems with DEPNORMAL.


  • 2010: One quarter of sample adults, included in quality of life supplement (and excluded from family disability supplement), who feel depressed daily, weekly, or monthly (or for whom it was unknown how often they feel depressed), or who feel depressed a few times a year or never and take medication for depression (or for whom it was unknown whether they take medication for depression).


  • 2010