A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that some 9 percent of the U.S. adult population shows symptoms of depression. However, the study also looked at the impact of unemployment on this condition, given the ongoing economic downturn.
Unsurprisingly, the study found a strong correlation between job status and depression. It reported that while the average rates of this mood disorder among those who have a job are 2 percent, almost 10 percent of the unemployed meet the criteria for depression.
The rate is even higher among those who are disabled and unable to work. In that group, more than 22 percent reported symptoms.
The study also looked at other socioeconomic factors, and found that individuals with less than a high school education, as well as those who were never married or are divorced, have higher levels of depression.
Since it is widely known that mood disorders may lead to substance abuse, affected people should seek prompt treatment from rehab facilities. October 7 is National Depression Screening Day, and the CDC encourages individuals who think they may be depressed to take an online self-assessment test.