Link between poor health & depression

By: Dr. Steve Salvatore, Co-Owner of The Academy

If you’re feeling down these days you’re not alone.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 9% of adult Americans currently meet the criteria for clinical depression.  Overall, more people in the Southeast are depressed compared to other parts of the country.  This clustering may be partly due to chronic health conditions such as obesity, heart disease, stroke and sleep problems, which are also common in that region.  Other risk factors include being female, minority, unemployed, single or divorced with lower education, sociaoeconomic status, and no health insurance.  The good news is more people these days are seeking treatment for depression, but there’s still a stigma.  Symptoms of depression include crying spells, feeling unhappy, hopeless, guilt or worthless and losing interest in normal activities.


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