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DEPRESSED IN THE CITY: 1 in 5 New Yorkers suffer from mental health disorders

 

 

 
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, November 12, 2015, 1:55 PM
 
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At least 8% of New York City residents suffer from symptoms of depression, a new report by the city Department of Health says.

We're the Big Blue Apple.

One in five New Yorkers have a mental health disorder, and at least 8% suffer from symptoms of depression, a new report by the city Department of Health says.

“Major depressive disorder is the single greatest source of disability in NYC,” the report says. "At any given time over half a million adult New Yorkers are estimated to have depression, yet less than 40% report receiving care for it.”

 

SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER: THE DAYLIGHT SAVINGS DETRIMENT

And DOH Executive Deputy Commissioner Dr. Gary Belkin said those figures are “conservative.”

“There's a lot we don't know,” Belkin said.

The report “sets the stage” for a series of reforms to be announced by the de Blasio administration in the coming weeks.

The report also shows that 8% of public school kids say they've attempted suicide, and that 73,000 public high school students report “feeling sad or helpless each month.” 

The report also shows that 8% of public school kids say they've attempted suicide, and that 73,000 public high school students report “feeling sad or helpless each month.”

The report is filled with dismaying statistics, including that 8% of public school kids say they've attempted suicide, and that 73,000 public high school students report “feeling sad or helpless each month.”

Those problems continue into college.

A survey of 1,000 CUNY students found 26% reported significant anxiety, while 19% had symptoms of depression. Only 10% sought treatment from the college or health center.

Schools can “play a huge role” in combatting the problem, Belkin said. “From a prevention standpoint, that’s where we have to start.”

The city's also been reeling from the effects of drug and alcohol abuse — unintentional drug overdose deaths outnumbered both homicide and traffic fatalities, the report says.

Source:

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/

 

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