CDC Report: Depression Is On The Rise In America

Mood disorders may predispose some people to substance abuse, which in turn may necessitate treatment from rehab facilities. A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has highlighted the extend of the problem of depression among the U.S. population.

According to the study, some 9 percent of American adults meet the criteria for depression. A decade ago, that number was at 6.6 percent.

The report also found that this condition is more prevalent among people who also suffer from chronic conditions, such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes or asthma. However, individuals who engage in unhealthy lifestyle habits – including smoking and excessive alcohol consumption – are also at a greater risk.

Given the enormous personal, social and economic cost of depression, seeking treatment is crucial.

“Depression is common,” said Lela McKnight-Eily, a clinical psychologist and epidemiologist at the CDC, quoted by CNN. However, she added that the condition is highly treatable.

“Seeking out the care of a health professional is really important, because life quality can improve with effective treatment,” she stressed.

Individuals whose depression has led them to drug or alcohol abuse may seek help from substance abuse treatment centers before their problem endangers their lives or those of their loved ones.