12-01 Most depressed states-Part 2: Depression hounds some US states more than others

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Most depressed states-Part 2: Depression hounds some US states more than others

If one could measure unhappiness and incessant sadness in numbers, nearly millions of people can be found reeling under depression, which is more than mere persistent feelings of worthlessness. The mental condition affects an estimated 15 million adults in the United States, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA).

While such figures leave one in awe and surprise about people belonging to one of the biggest economies of the world exhibiting signs of the disorder, they also indicate a bitter truth that depression can affect anyone irrespective of race, culture, gender or economic status. In the second part of the series, we list two more states bogged down by depression driven by economic slump.

Economic downturn a major cause of depression

Depression can affect anyone at any point of time, some states in the U.S. have a higher ratio of their population in need of treatment for depression. It is not clear why these states experience more despair than others, but experts have indicated some possible reasons, such as economic slowdown, rising unemployment, increased proclivity to try substances and dwindling number of mental health treatment centers. Some states in America that deserve special mention due to their proclivity to stay depressed are:

  • Michigan: Lower economic growth rate is a source of stress, resulting in poor emotional health of the people of many states in America. And Michigan has been hit hard by economic downturn. Lack of employment opportunities has resulted in people feeling increasingly stressed, a precursor to the onset of various psychological disorders. Several federal agencies and health care providers have reported about deterioration of mental conditions due to economic slump. Some counties have reported unemployment to be as high as 20 percent. As the level of stress increases, so does the need for mental health care.
  • Mississippi: The people of the poorest state in the U.S. seem to enjoy no luck in terms of proper economic condition or good mental health. As per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the rate of depression in Mississippi is 14.8 percent. This comes from the large number of people in the state exhibiting signs of depressive behavior. Other mental illnesses also afflict people of the state, thus, resulting in the state reporting the third highest number of recurrent cases of mental illnesses.

Boost in depression treatment

With increased levels of depression, the U.S. has also boosted its investment in treatment of depression and anxiety. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), every investment dollar spent in augmenting treatment of depression and anxiety in the U.S. has resulted in a four-fold return in terms of better health and ability to work.

In a study published in the journal The Lancet Psychiatry in April 2016, WHO Director General Dr. Margaret Chan said, “We must now find ways to make sure that access to mental health services becomes a reality for all men, women and children, wherever they live.”

Recovery from depression is possible

There can be myriad reasons for people suffering from depression. There is an imperative need for timely treatment to avert the impending danger of symptoms turning grave, if left untreated.

According to a study published online in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine in August 2016, though depression affects millions of American adults, a good percentage of them are not getting any treatment. As per the study, titled “Treatment of Adult Depression in the United States,” potential number of Americans that have remained bereft of treatment from depression or most who had sought medical interventions were not afflicted with the disorder. Apart, the social prejudices that deter most people from asking help or seeking advice from professional experts have only added to the existing gloom of depression.

If you or your loved one is looking for help to get rid of depression, contact the Depression Treatment Centers of California for more information on rehab for depression in California. Call us at our 24/7 helpline number 855-678-0400 for advice on residential treatment centers for depression in California or chat online for details of residential treatment centers for depression in the U.S.

Read the other articles of the series, “Most depressed states”:

Part 1: Economic downturn affects mental condition


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