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Old 07-09-2012, 06:22 AM
 
Location: Johnson City, Tn
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"It may not be a coincidence that Memphis and Nashville are famous, respectively, for their blues and heartsick country music. By one measure, Tennessee is the unhappiest state in the union: Nearly 10% of residents have experienced an episode of major depression in the previous year."

10 most depressing states....
10 Most Depressing States in the U.S. - weather.com
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Old 07-09-2012, 06:37 AM
 
Location: denison,tx
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I read that article too,but I'm not sure I believe it about TN...seems to me there would be too
many things to do to keep ones mind occupied to even think about being unhappy/depressed...

just the scenery alone, especially in the northeastern part, and the lakes,mountains, weather...
all that has to count for something, doesn't it?

I fell in love with TN back in the 80's and I'm planning on a move there in the spring,I really hope
it won't be a big letdown when the time comes...
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Old 07-09-2012, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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I wonder if the large amount of people living in economically blighted areas and collecting disability because of their "nerves" and/or lined up at the pain clinics skews the stats. Just a thought, anyway.
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Old 07-09-2012, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Arkansas
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I wonder if the large amount of people living in economically blighted areas and collecting disability because of their "nerves" and/or lined up at the pain clinics skews the stats. Just a thought, anyway.
Yeah, but that's true in every state that borders Tennessee, too.
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Old 07-09-2012, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I call BS on this.. I grew up in TN.. moved away back in '94 and although I have no plans on returning any time soon I do visit my parents often and enjoy it immensely. I have lived in about a dozen different states and besides the overcast and RAIN from the Seattle, WA area I can say that no area alone gets your depressed. There are many factors involved and you can't say that living in this state is more depressing than that state.. that's just horse pockey...

I think most of us are simply more comfortable living where we grew up... those that grew up in TN like me would probably feel a lot more comfortable in those hills. Those who grew up out west, maybe near a beach would be more comfortable there.. some folks can be comfortable anywhere and some folks can't... but to say TN is a depressing state is simply not true.. but to someone who grew up in NY or LA, it might be.. but not depressing enough to cause major depression.. there would have to be other circumstances to cause that...
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Old 07-09-2012, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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Yeah, but that's true in every state that borders Tennessee, too.
And a lot of them showed up on the list, yes.
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Old 07-09-2012, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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I call BS on this.. I grew up in TN.. moved away back in '94 and although I have no plans on returning any time soon I do visit my parents often and enjoy it immensely. I have lived in about a dozen different states and besides the overcast and RAIN from the Seattle, WA area I can say that no area alone gets your depressed. There are many factors involved and you can't say that living in this state is more depressing than that state.. that's just horse pockey...

I think most of us are simply more comfortable living where we grew up... those that grew up in TN like me would probably feel a lot more comfortable in those hills. Those who grew up out west, maybe near a beach would be more comfortable there.. some folks can be comfortable anywhere and some folks can't... but to say TN is a depressing state is simply not true.. but to someone who grew up in NY or LA, it might be.. but not depressing enough to cause major depression.. there would have to be other circumstances to cause that...
It's not like the state is full of transplants, though.

I'm a transplant and I love it but I live in Knoxville. I think some communities are wonderful and others...not so much, just like anywhere. The entire premise is based on how many people claim to have depression and as I said, there seems to be a lot of people in the economically disadvantaged areas that are on disability for their "nerves." I know a lot of very, very happy transplants, though. But I think they take advantage of everything the state has to offer like outdoor activities, community events, etc. I think some of these people that have disadvantages get stuck in a rut or are use to their previous generations doing the same.
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Old 07-09-2012, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Somewhere over the rainbow in "OZ "
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I am Happy as a Clam... what more could you ask for. Ever where you look is beauty ~ nature most not all people I interact on a daily base are happy,yes their are several ole curmudgeons. We all have are bad days.. but over all being here almost 5 months now I am very happy, I could be still sitting in Florida.....and really miserable. I choose to move here,I knew what was here..
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Old 07-09-2012, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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I am Happy as a Clam... what more could you ask for. Ever where you look is beauty ~ nature most not all people I interact on a daily base are happy,yes their are several ole curmudgeons. We all have are bad days.. but over all being here almost 5 months now I am very happy, I could be still sitting in Florida.....and really miserable. I choose to move here,I knew what was here..
That's true. The transplants that I know LOVE it here and frankly, so do the locals. It's a beautiful, affordable, great weather state. Like I said, there are some folks in their part of the world, where unemployment is high and a way of life, that probably skew the results. But in the highly functioning towns and cities people are quite happy. I never saw that happiness in Mass. or Florida.
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Old 07-09-2012, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Somewhere over the rainbow in "OZ "
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That's true. The transplants that I know LOVE it here and frankly, so do the locals. It's a beautiful, affordable, great weather state. Like I said, there are some folks in their part of the world, where unemployment is high and a way of life, that probably skew the results. But in the highly functioning towns and cities people are quite happy. I never saw that happiness in Mass. or Florida.
Same goes for Florida... A good portion are miserable ~ HOT ~ UNEMPLOYED~ DRUGS~HURRICANES~PEOPLE on edge all the time...
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