Report finds 9% of U.S. adults have depression

September 30, 2010 2:28:46 PM PDT
A government report found nine-percent of U.S. adults suffer from depression. The rate of depression were also found to vary from state to state.

Rates range from a low of 4.8-percent in North Dakota to a high of 14.8-percent in Mississippi. Overall, more people in the southeast met the criteria for depression compared with other parts of the nation.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the clustering of depression in the southeast may be partly due to chronic health conditions such as obesity, heart disease, stroke and sleep problems that are also common in the area.