7 of The Most Depressing Cities In USA Surround The Tri-Cities
Have you been feeling depressed lately? Maybe that is a stupid question after looking at the data from a study identifying the most depressing cities in America. Turns out that 7 of the top 30 cities surround the Tri-Cities. According to the data, we live in the most depressing part of the country, except for the area around Kentucky.
So what are these cities?
BILLINGS, MONTANA - #1 in the USA for depression at 31%
SPOKANE - SPOKANE VALLEY, WASHINGTON - #6 in USA for depression at 27%
SALEM, OREGON - #8 in the USA for depression at 25.9%
BOISE CITY, IDAHO - #14 in the USA for depression at 24.9%
PORTLAND, OREGON - #17 in the USA for depression at 24.5%
EVERETT, WASHINGTON - #27 in the USA for depression at 23%
IDAHO FALLS, IDAHO - #28 in the USA for depression at 22%
Looking at the data, the only more depressed part of America then the Northwest is the area around Kentucky. That area is home to number 2,3,4,5, and 9 on the list. The study did not identify why they think those rates of depression exist. Click here to see the complete list.
WHAT TO DO IF YOUR FEELING DEPRESSED
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, these are the symptoms of depression.
- Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
- Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism
- Feelings of irritability, frustration, or restlessness
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
- Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
- Decreased energy, fatigue, or feeling "slowed down"
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
- Difficulty sleeping, early morning awakening, or oversleeping
- Changes in appetite or unplanned weight changes
- Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
- Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause that do not ease even with treatment
- Suicide attempts or thoughts of death or suicide
If you are feeling any of these symptoms, these are the treatments they say are available.
"Depression, even the most severe cases, can be treated. The earlier treatment begins, the more effective it is. Depression is usually treated with medications, psychotherapy, or a combination of the two. If these treatments do not reduce symptoms, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and other brain stimulation therapies may be options to explore."
If you find yourself depressed, contact your doctor or health provider or click here for tips on where to start.
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