TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Indiana is the eighth most depressed state in the U.S. That's according to information out Thursday by Gallup.
It says economic troubles and access to health care could be factors.
But according to Harsha Behavioral Center's Rob Angus, anyone has the capacity to feel blue.
Financial problems, winter weather conditions, joblessness, health conditions, biological and genetic factors, all of these can contribute to a person's mental health.
"Feeling overwhelmed, out of control. You can start to form almost a natural, a pessimistic response to anything, so nothing seems as good as it once did. Your brain sort of gets in that pattern, that negative thinking pattern and the depression is harder to come out of," said Angus.
So why are Hoosiers in the top ten most depressed states??
It could be any number of reasons, including lack of community health centers.
"Indiana could have fewer resources than other areas, so people aren't able to get the help that they want, it could be because there are so many rural communities, that people don't have access to community support, family and friends, church, things like that," said Angus.
But Angus says the most important cure to depression is prevention.
"Understanding how you deal with depression is very important. If you're the type of person who when you feel sad, you play sad music to make your depression worse, to make yourself feel worse. Or if you're the type of person who when you feel bad, you try to do something that is opposite to your emotion," said Angus.
Head to the Gallup website to see more results.
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