12-09 Most depressed states – Part 4: Need to overcome stigma and seek treatment

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Most depressed states - Part 4: Need to overcome stigma and seek treatment

The most developed economy of the world has failed to provide necessary treatment to its depressed citizens, resulting in many of its states housing the unhappiest people in the U.S. Persistent depression hollows out the mind, pushing the patient to a state of constant despair and incessant loneliness. Depression is one of the leading causes of disability in the world, affecting nearly 350 million people across the globe, says the World Health Organization (WHO).

Here, we look at American states with a major part of its population manifesting symptoms of depression:

1. Oklahoma: People of Oklahoma bear the brunt of living in a barren landscape and extreme weather conditions only increase the problem further. Improper economic development, a high poverty rate of 16 percent and reduced health-insurance coverage have forced the people to feel insecure and sad about their future. According to a 2014 study, Oklahoma is one of the worst states in the nation for overall mental health. In Oklahoma, 5.24 percent residents were found to suffer from mental diseases, such as schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar or anxiety disorders.

2. Tennessee: According to the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, about 21 percent adults reported having a mental illness in 2013 in the state, which accounts for more than a million residents. And about 41,000 Tennesseans had a major depressive episode in 2013.

3. West Virginia: The mental health of the people of a state reflects the economic and social development of the state. While every state has its share of mentally ill people, West Virginia finds itself nearly at the extreme bottom owing to the number of its people afflicted with psychiatric disorders or due to increased frequency of cases manifesting psychological distress.

One of the reasons attributed to such an uncommon commonality of mental problems is that a major part of its population is confined to rural areas where it is difficult for people to maintain steady jobs. This apart inaccessibility to adequate and necessary mental health care makes it difficult to avert looming depression that results from a culmination of economic and social problems.

Incidence of depression treatment lower than its prevalence

While depression looms large in the lives of Americans, not all strive to seek the necessary treatment. This was observed in a recent study, published online in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine in October 2016, which revealed that there has been a rise in the number of depressed people in the U.S. In the study, titled “Treatment of Adult Depression in the United States,” the scientists found that very few people came forward to share their problems with a mental health expert.

Lead author of the research Dr. Mark Olfson from the Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, said, “Some adults who experience depressive symptoms do not believe they are significant and require medical attention, or that they could benefit from treatment.”

Stigma is said to be a major cause for people not availing the much-needed treatment. Olfson said, “In still other cases, the medical visits are oriented around more pressing and urgent medical problems and the clinical opportunities to detect depression are missed.”

Seek professional help to treat depression

Depression can be managed and treated by effective treatment. Therefore, it is important to seek help and take a step towards leading a healthy and fulfilling life.

If you or your loved one is suffering from depression, it is important to seek immediate medical help. Any delay can worsen the situation. The Depression Treatment Centers of California can help in finding the best rehab centers for depression in California. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 855-678-0400 or chat online for assistance in searching the best residential treatment centers for depression in California.

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

Part 1: Economic downturn affects mental condition

Part 2: Depression hounds some U.S. states more than others

Part 3: Why some states are sadder than others

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