Tuesday Newsday – 1 in 10 Americans Depressed

October 5th, 2010

“I’m depressed.”

When I say this, I don’t mean it in the true sense. It’s usually an over-exaggeration followed by a counterproductive action—like a goal to lose 5 lbs thwarted by eating an entire pie. Or not finding incredible Steve Madden boots in my size. I really am blessed. I’m rarely actually sad, never mind depressed.

With October 7 being National Depression Screening Day, I really take to heart my mistake in calling out emotions that I’m lucky not to be suffering through. According to a new CDC survey, one in 10 U.S. adults actually mean it when they say they’re depressed. How depressing.

Nine percent of U.S. adults have at least some symptoms of depression, and people in certain states are more likely to be depressed than those in others, according to the results of a nationwide survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more…

The CDC urges people who suspect they may be depressed to take an online self-assessment at mentalhealthscreening.org. So does CEF (that’s me). Take care of you.

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