Nearly 1 in 10 US Adults Depressed

According to a nationwide survey conducted by the CDC, 9 percent of US adults have at least some symptoms of depression, and people in some states are more likely to be depressed than others. As reported by CNN Health:

Mississippi had the highest depression rate in the nation, with 14.8 percent of residents reporting two or more symptoms of the condition, such as feeling hopeless, taking little interest or pleasure in everyday activities, and having trouble concentrating.

Other states at the top of the list included West Virginia (14.3 percent), Alabama (13 percent), Oklahoma (11.3 percent), Tennessee (11 percent), and Louisiana (10.8 percent). North Dakota, with 4.8 percent, had the lowest rate of depression symptoms in the nation.

Interestingly, the states with the highest depression rates also had above-average rates of obesity, heart disease, and other chronic health conditions, CNN said. Other factors contributing to depression included whether a person was divorced or not, and unemployment status.

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