Down and out (and depressed about it) in LA County

Jan 27, 2011

Diagnosed cases of depression rose by almost 50% over the last decade in LA County. Is the traffic, smog, isolation, lack of health care and jobs to blame? We don’t know what accounted for the sharp increase, but a new study by the LA County Department of Public Health showed that cases of depression rose from 9 percent in 1999 to 14 percent in 2007. The study didn’t account for undiagnosed cases of depression—which may make the actual number of people suffering from depression much higher. The study spotlighted one glaring fact: “women consistently reported higher rates of depression than men.” 11 percent of the women surveyed were diagnosed with depression in 1999, in 2007 that number rose to 17 percent. Are people finding life a little less tolerable in Los Angeles, or is it just being reported more?

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