Depression diagnoses up 25.6 percent along Gulf from Florida to Texas -- Officials say rate may still increase further


Gallup: 25 percent hike in depression along Gulf, Associated Press, September 28, 2010:

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[T]he Gulf Coast was a place of abundant shrimping, tourist-filled beaches and a happy if humble lifestyle. Now, it's home to depression, worry and sadness for many.

A Gallup survey released Tuesday of almost 2,600 coastal residents... was conducted in 25 Gulf-front counties from Texas east to Florida over eight months before and after the spill, ending Aug. 6. People reported 25.6 percent more depression diagnoses after then spill than before it...

[S]ome officials say the toll on mental health may get worse as the financial strains of summer persist into the fall.

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