Rates of depression are increasing in the United States – especially among teens and young adults, suggests Blue Cross Blue Shield data, which also show that depression is second only to high blood pressure in terms of its effect on overall health. Since 2013, overall incidence of depression has risen 33 percent – at least among people with commercial health insurance. Rhode Island had the highest rate of depression (6.4 percent) and Hawaii, the lowest rate (2.1 percent).
This information, which is based on 41 million health records, includes the 4.4 percent of the population diagnosed with major depressive disorder. Actual depression rates may be much higher, as many people do not seek a diagnosis or treatment for the condition.
According to the researchers, busy lifestyles and a lack of a sense of community are cited as common reasons for feeling hopeless, rushed, and pressured – emotional states that can increase depression risk. Social media is also believed to play an important role in rising rates of depression.