Well, This Is… Depressing

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Ashley Welch reports in CBS News:

The highest rate of depression was in Rhode Island at about 6 percent, while the lowest was in Hawaii at 2 percent. Every state except Hawaii experienced rising diagnosis rates of depression over the course of the study period.

The report notes that a variety of factors contribute to depression rates as calculated using insurance data.  Obviously, areas in which doctors screen for depression more often will have higher rates, as will areas in which people are more likely to seek a doctor’s help when they’re feeling low.

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To have the worst rate in the country, though, Rhode Island must surely have more going on than these technical reasons.  One suspects a healthier economy with more opportunity (that doesn’t require insider schmoozing) would help, as would freedom from the sense that powerful people are always trying to take advantage of you.



  • Becky

    Interesting…a few other states with high incident rates are Utah and Maine. Utah claimed it was due to people’s lives not meeting the expectations of perfection in their state. Maine blamed lack of connectedness to one another. Minnesota blamed the blizzards! Love these studies – leave you scratching your head.

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