Depression is a serious condition that affects 16 percent of the US population. Genetics play a large role, but so could where you live.
A survey produced by Mental Health America named the most depressed states. Here are the top 10:
- West Virginia
- Rhode Island
Want to know which states are the least depressed? Then
- South Dakota
- New Jersey
- North Dakota
Check out the article called Ranking America's Mental Health: An Analysis of Depression Across the States to see the full list.
This study, funded by Wyeth pharmaceuticals, was not conducted to point fingers or to say that just because you live in one of the top 10 depressed states that you are automatically predisposed to depression, rather it's meant to bring attention to the high need for people to have access to mental health services and preventative treatments.
Dear's Advice: If you are suffering from depression, talk to someone so you aren't dealing with these sad feelings on your own. Tell a friend, relative, or your doctor, so they can help you get the treatment you need.