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Old 01-22-2009, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX!!!!
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You've read the list backward -- South Dakota is ranked #1 as LOWEST depression rate.

Likewise, DC has the lowest and Alaska the highest suicide rates.

Example: look at Utah as ranked lowest for having the highest rate of depression:
Deseret News | Utah leads the nation in rates of depression

Alaska as ranked lowest because it has the highest suicide rate:
State's suicide rate eighth-highest - The Denver Post

Which means (out of 50 states + DC)
WA: 15th highest depression rate
WA: 16th highest suicide rate.
Now THAT makes more sense!
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Old 01-22-2009, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Olympia, WA
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The suicide rate in Washington (13.1 per 100K) is above the national average (11 per 100K), but not by much.

AFSP: Facts and Figures: State Statistics (http://tinyurl.com/buzv8m - broken link)
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Old 01-22-2009, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Olympia, WA
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Likewise, DC has the lowest and Alaska the highest suicide rates.
If DC were the 51st state, they'd have the highest murder, robbery and aggravated assault rates by a uncomfortable margin.

Table 5 - Crime in the United States 2007 (http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2007/data/table_05.html - broken link)
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:09 PM
 
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Just out of curiosity, I noticed just about everyone with S.A.D. was married... I plan on moving to Seattle, and buying a condo on Alki Beach sometime this year. I'm a single 25-year-old guy who currently lives in NYC, and I hate it here (namely the hustle and bustle, rat race culture... looking for a more laid back atmosphere). I work from home, so I'd have to put in some effort to meet people, but I don't think I'd have a problem making friends.

Are there any young, single, socially active people in Seattle who also have problems with S.A.D. as well?
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Old 01-22-2009, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Greater Seattle, WA Metro Area
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Well that's an interesting connection to make but I don't know that it is statistically supported. True SAD is caused by chemical imbalances and can lead to depression if not treated. People who are depressed for other reasons may often think it's SAD when it's not or that may only be part of it...so good to see your doctor either way right if you are feeling blue. From Wikipedia "According to the American Psychiatric Association, for a diagnosis to qualify as SAD, it must meet four criteria: depressive episodes at a particular time of the year; remissions or mania/hypomania also at a characteristic time of year; these patterns must have lasted two years with no nonseasonal major depressive episodes during that same period; and these seasonal depressive episodes outnumber other depressive episodes throughout the patient's lifetime". Also, don't assume because you live in Seattle you will have SAD. A severe form of it affects 6% of people (I have read almost 80% are women because of their hormones, etc.), a lesser form up to 14% of people - so you will very likely will not be one of those people that suffer right? But geographically it is more likely to afflict those in the northern latitudes most, of which Seattle is one of many places that fall in that category. So do your math...but I think it's worth taking a chance. Alki Beach is a lovely place to live (one of my 3 favorite places in all of Seattle in fact), you will make friends if you make the effort and I imagine when you check in a year from now you will be enjoying the beauty that abounds here and many things Seattle offers.
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Old 01-22-2009, 09:03 PM
 
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If DC were the 51st state, they'd have the highest murder, robbery and aggravated assault rates by a uncomfortable margin.

Table 5 - Crime in the United States 2007 (http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2007/data/table_05.html - broken link)
Which would be very relevant if the topic were crime here -- however, it's suicide and depression.

I can only guess at the point you're trying to make but, if you read through the thread, aside from seeing a math faux pas on my part, you should be able to understand that I had just corrected allforcats since she had the inverted the ranking chart in her interpretation and that I wasn't trying to make a statement other than that.

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Old 01-22-2009, 09:16 PM
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The Crime Department is to your left, and the Suicide & Depression to your right, and S.A.D. is straight ahead...
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Old 01-22-2009, 10:14 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Information from individual experiences is fascinating but not necessarily the same as researched information.

Mental Health America's report completed in November 2008 shows the 51 states including D.C. ranked by occurrences of depression and occurrences of suicide.

Suicide
The research shows that Washington state ranks #36 among the 51 states including D.C. in suicide rates. D.C. ranks highest in suicides; Alaska ranks lowest. Washington's incidence, therefore, is in the lowest 31% of the country.

Depression
The research shows that Washington state ranks #35 among the 51 states including D.C. in rates of emotional depression. South Dakota ranks highest in depression; Utah ranks lowest. Washington's incidence, therefore, is in the lowest 32% of the country.

Source: Mental Health America: Ranking America's Mental Health: An Analysis of Depression Across the States

awesome!! kill those myths! kudos!
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Old 01-23-2009, 09:12 AM
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Just out of curiosity, I noticed just about everyone with S.A.D. was married... I plan on moving to Seattle, and buying a condo on Alki Beach sometime this year. I'm a single 25-year-old guy who currently lives in NYC, and I hate it here (namely the hustle and bustle, rat race culture... looking for a more laid back atmosphere). I work from home, so I'd have to put in some effort to meet people, but I don't think I'd have a problem making friends.

Are there any young, single, socially active people in Seattle who also have problems with S.A.D. as well?
I was young and single once.

SAD's is much worse when you are single. You fall into a funk and there is no one to drag you out of it.

Stay active. Get out and do things no matter how you feel. When your single and with SAD's it is easy to crawl into a hole and stay there.

Follow those tips. And I would add one more. Go swimming in an indoor pool. That really helped me.
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Old 01-23-2009, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Seattle-area, where the sun don't shine
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awesome!! kill those myths! kudos!
...except that for the umpteenth time, she read the charts backwards.
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