New Gallup poll reveals social factors for depression
About one in 10 Americans is depressed, according to the new Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index poll of 100,000 Americans, which was conducted between January and July 2013.
About one in 10 Americans is depressed, according to the new Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index poll of 100,000 Americans, which was conducted between January and July 2013. These numbers are consistent with the U.S. Centers for Control and Prevention's statistics on depression. Those with depression take a range of medications, including Effexor, and also often engage in cognitive therapy and meditative practices to manage and treat their symptoms.
While depression has many causes, both genetic and environmental, the Gallup poll revealed some of the social factors that coordinate with depression.
Depression and employment
Gallup released another portion of this large poll in July 2013 detailing the costs to employers of their employees' depression. Overall, fulltime workers with depression miss an average of 8.7 days of work, while those without depression miss an average of 4.6 days of work. Depressed part-time workers stay home an average of 13.7 days, compared with 8.7 days of non-depressed part-timers. This was a significant aspect of the poll because in total, employers lose $23 billion dollars each year due to employee absenteeism.
Other social factors
Gallup cautioned, however, about making assumptions. For example, it's difficult to know whether those who make less than $36,000 per year are depressed because they are unable to meet all of their needs, or whether depressed people or more likely to have a job making less than $36,000 per year simply because they're depressed.