Report says state has highest depression rate in U.S.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at 12:00am
Staff Reports

Tennessee ranks number one in the nation in the percentage of residents suffering a major episode of depression in the past year, according to a report released Monday by the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration.

While the reports claims 9.8 percent of the population had at least one episode, the figures may be misleading, said a Knoxville clinical psychologist.

According to Dr. Josh Williams, a newly elected board member of the Tennessee Justice Center, it’s possible the statistics may be high because depressed Tennesseans seek help more often than residents of other states.

“My hope is that, if we're making the diagnosis more frequently than other places, we're doing a better job of treating it,” Williams said.

As the nation begins to overhaul its health care system, Dr. Williams advocates sufficient funding for mental health treatment, and he says the need for help with depression is considerable.

“Depression is the most common disorder in all of psychology. Depression is part of the human condition,” he said.


3 Comments on this post:

By: pandabear on 7/7/09 at 6:10

Part of the human condition ?

This is what the best training in America says.

What an idiot. If you want to stop depression in this state,
quit promoting foods that make us depressed.

hi frutose corn syrup
"white" food: flour, pastas, breads, rice...anything white.
It's been bleached (...this means all the nutrients are gone)

Stop charging double (Kroger, triple for "Whole Foods") for "health" foods.

Stop buying from Monstanto, who sells hybrid seeds that do not produce
new, usable seeds.

Hey, it's not rocket science. It's the science of making money
by addicting you to bad food.

Thanks FDA for doing your usual job !

By: dargent7 on 7/7/09 at 6:50

Man, this article is depressing.

By: frankbrown on 7/7/09 at 7:28

When the underclass becomes large enough to elect the key officials in government city,state and federal it is time to be depressed.