Depression and Society

Americans are obsessed with happiness, yet increasingly depressed: Some 15 million Americans battle the disease. Cross-cultural studies of happiness may shed light on this paradox.

A new study in the Archives of General Psychiatry reveals that antidepressant prescriptions doubled between 1996 and 2005 – so that now 10 percent of the American population is receiving those little lifesavers!

One fair test of the competing ideas that depression is now being fully remedied, versus the one that what used to be called unhappiness continues to increase rapidly in this country, is whether antidepressant use peaks at 10 percent or continues to grow.

New data reveal that Louisiana, Hawaii, and Florida are the happiest states whereas Michigan, Connecticut, and New York are the most miserable.

The media have glommed on to the state-by-state happiness rankings that are incidental findings in a new study to be published in Friday’s Science by economists Andrew J. Oswald of the University of Warwick in England and Stephen Wu of Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y.


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  1. What is Depression?
  2. Symptoms of Depression
  3. Causes of Depression
  4. Treatment of Depression
  5. Depression and Health
  6. Varieties of Depression
  7. Depression and Society
  8. Online Psychotherapy

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