Posted 8/24/2023

Depression has taken an increasingly firm grip on Americans' lives over the past decade, with both self-reported lifetime and current depression rates among U.S. adults increasing each year, and hitting a high in 2023.

The COVID-19 pandemic significantly worsened the nation's overall mental health, with the rate of elevated depressive episodes increasing from 27.8% at the beginning of the pandemic to 32.8% in 2021.
The Depression Epidemic seems to be strongest in the South with several locations in Tennessee ranking in the Top 50 Cities with the highest depression rates.
They include, Seymour, Dickson, Paris, Cookeville, Morristown, Union City, Crossville, Portland, Athens, Martin, Sevierville, Kingsport, Lawrenceburg, Bristol, Elizabethton, and McMinnville.