Infographic: Depression’s Reach

This infographic graphically illustrates the extent of depression in America as a whole and on a state by state basis, drawing upon data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It states that one in ten Americans suffer from depression but that this percentage varies by state from a low of 4% in North Dakota to a high of 14% in Mississippi and West Virginia. This infographic also cites a publication by Ava T. Albrecht and Charles Herrick which examines the connection between depression and drug addiction. According to these authors, male drug addicts have a 3 times higher and female addicts have a 4 times higher rate of depression than the rest of the US population.