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News to Me: Most Depressed States

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:

  1. Utah
  2. West Virginia
  3. Kentucky
  4. Rhode Island
  5. Nevada
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Idaho
  8. Missouri
  9. Ohio
  10. Wyoming

Want to know which states are the least depressed? Then

  1. South Dakota
  2. Hawaii
  3. New Jersey
  4. Iowa
  5. Maryland
  6. Minnesota
  7. Louisiana
  8. Illinois
  9. North Dakota
  10. Texas

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.


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veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
poor utah
designergirl designergirl 9 years
I live in Texas- glad to see the state mentioned in a positive light. Of course, al the bad things about Texas do get me down, but you can't beat the weather here. Winters of 75 degrees and clear skies!
sarah-lynn sarah-lynn 9 years
seriously, why would new york be on the top ten? pretty much the entire state is quite rad and has everything anyone could ever want, cities, farms, seasons, and a good amount of sun! the thruway tolls to get in between it all however irk me.
kerneschick2005 kerneschick2005 9 years
wooo wooo SOUTH DAKOTA! :)
smp7328 smp7328 9 years
Oklahoma #6! Way to represent!
lemuse20 lemuse20 9 years
We're quite giddy for Christmas in Ohio, actually! Im suprised about NY not being on the top depressed states... and Louisiana? What the...
byzybee byzybee 9 years
I live in the 2nd most depressed state (WV) :/ but I'm from the 5th least depressed (MD). Hm. I gotta say, I don't know about the general populace of WV and the stability of their emotions, but WV is pretty depressing in essence...
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
okay so I'm glad I moved from Missouri to New Jersey for that one!
princess_eab princess_eab 9 years
LOL I grew up in Louisiana and Texas! yep, I've been depressed a lot.
Masqueraded_Angel Masqueraded_Angel 9 years
Where's California? Haha...I can agree with the New Jersey thing, though...when I was there I loved it! (Despite the smell of rotten eggs by the bay, that is...) LOL!
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 9 years
Where is Washington?
MisterPinkNoTip MisterPinkNoTip 9 years
This study is a load of it. Louisiana on the least depressed list? There is a huge mental health crisis here in Louisiana, particularly in New Orleans. When was this study done?
tee0206 tee0206 9 years
Oh wow, I spent the first 21 years of my life in the #2 and #9 most depressed states, but now I live in the #10 least depressed state! Yay for warm weather and sunshine!
miss-britt miss-britt 9 years
Everytime i come into New Brunswick it smells like Fish. It irks me to the maxx. But i do love that we're right in the between NYC and Philly. People from Jersey are too cocky to be depressed and i mean that in a positive way.
imLissy imLissy 9 years
jersey doesn't smell! well, ok, the turnpike smells a little, but I don't live by the turnpike, I live by the shore and it doesn't smell... well, by the water sometimes it smells like fish, but only because people fish there. Jersey's great because we have the shore and NYC and Philly are like all really close. Ya. Oh and not having to pump your own gas probably helps.
Kristen927 Kristen927 9 years
I don't take offense to anything anyone says, and you cannot argue facts, but why does everyone think west virginia is such a terrible place? i was born and raised here, and there is no where i would rather be. seriously. haha, everyone sees it so negatively and i'm just curious why?
fadeastride fadeastride 9 years
Hm. I have tons of family in W. Va and they've always seemed rather content...
lynn2007 lynn2007 9 years
I'm from ohio, and I'm not at all depressed. but I guess I can see how the weather would put someone in a sour mood.
omilawd omilawd 9 years
Yeah. Ohioans are definitely depressed, especially during the winter.
jesse3000 jesse3000 9 years
Texas #10!!
amybdk amybdk 9 years
Woo hoo! South Dakota! My homestate!
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
CT is number 38. Interesting study.
nutmeg21 nutmeg21 9 years
Utah is not depressed bc it's boring, in fact it's not boring here at all. There is stuff to do all year round. I believe Utah is most depressed bc Mormons make up the majority of our population. If you don't know, Mormons must reach near perfection in order to go to their top kingdom of heaven, talk about pressure! Also being a non-Mormon here it is easy to find yourself excluded socially in school, or work situations, which is also depressing. Well that has been my experience anyway... I don't mean to offend anyone, it's just the truth.
cubadog cubadog 9 years
Aberdeen, Washington has the highest suicide rate in Washington not Seattle. I am sure there is lots of post partum depression in Utah plus it is boring, beautiful but boring.
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