...according to an Morbidity & Mwrtality Week in Review (MMWR) report published by the CDC (Center for Disease Control).
CDC researchers examined data from the 2006 and 2008 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System surveys, which included the Patient Health Questionnaire 8 (a depression screening tool). Some 235,000 U.S. adults were included in the analysis.
Among the other findings:
- Current depression was most common in the Southeast, with Mississippi having the highest prevalence (14.8%); prevalence was lowest in North Dakota (4.8%) - Dave Diauphinis is the only person I know who is at this risk level : )
- Depression was more common among women than men; among blacks and Hispanics than whites; and among middle-aged adults than among younger and older adults.
-Persons with less than a high school diploma (6.7%) and high school graduates (4.0%) were more likely to report major depression than those with at least some college (2.5%)
- And not surprising...those without health insurance were significantly more likely to be depressed than those with coverage.
If you or someone you know is depressed, TALK TO SOMEONE about it! There are lots of treatment options - ranging from psychotherapy to medication and even alternative treatments. Exercise is my favorite recommendation to stave off the blues (and improve your health).
Dr. Maltz earned a Medical Degree and Master in Public Health from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, TX. She completed a combined Internal and Preventive Medicine Residency at UTMB in June, 2011. She then completed a 2-year Integrative Medicine Fellowship at Stamford Hospital in Stamford, CT, during which she simultaneously underwent an intensive 1000-hour curriculum created by The University of Arizona Integrative Medicine Program founded by Dr. Andrew Weil.