Isles feeling the blues the least

Weather and culture cited as factors in isles' low depression rate STORY SUMMARY Hawaii has the lowest level of adult depression in the country in 2005-06, while Nevada reported the highest, according to the ... Full Story
Islandgirl

Marshfield, WI

#1 Mar 7, 2008
I love wintertime in Wisconsin and actually having a white Christmas with a tree that stays green all the way to New Years but it's March now and today we are in the minus temperatures again. It does get old. Not to mention there's no Kim Chee II and no place to get soft gau gee mein! How depressing is that?!
MauiSlugbug

Ewa Beach, HI

#3 Mar 7, 2008
I think many cases of depression go unreported in Hawaii. Asians make up a large percentage of Hawaii's population. Among Asian cultures, there is a stigma placed on mental illness, so families try to keep such conditions under wraps. By the way, I'm of Asian ancestry, so please don't take my comments as being racist.
Waimea Witch

Kailua Kona, HI

#4 Mar 7, 2008
I too think that Hawaii has a low rate of depression because it is under-reported. It is still a stigma in local culture. It may also be that most people are too busy working 2-3 jobs to feel or address their depression. And then of course, they may not be able to afford mental health care and/or there aren't any doctors to go to. But, according to the numbers, we, the people, are happy. I guess that's why our elected officials won't bother to change anything. Status quo!
Get Real

Honolulu, HI

#5 Mar 7, 2008
I agree with MauiSlugbug. I am Asian too and I was also diagnosed with recurrent major depression. There is a tremendous stigma attached to mental illness and unfortunately some cultures are too ashamed to seek treatment or to report being depressed. I know of some families who prevent their mentally ill children from leaving the house because they are so ashamed of their child. Consequently, the child or adult only gets worse without treatment. Early intervention is crucial in a favorable prognosis. I was a victim of severe child abuse and exposed to violence. I only started receiving treatment when I was 30 yrs. old. If I had received treatment earlier, my major depression would not have become "recurrent". But better late than never. If you expect someone of having a mental illness - don't be shame - seek treatment right away.
Not all treatment costs money. There are free programs to help you. Call the Dept. of Health Access Line for help. Good luck.
Daniel Mew

Honolulu, HI

#6 Mar 7, 2008
editor needs to correct this statement.

"Of those, 11,000 percent were 12 to 17 years old, and illegal drug use was 10.59 percent."
MauiSlugbug

Holualoa, HI

#7 Mar 7, 2008
Get Real wrote:
I agree with MauiSlugbug. I am Asian too and I was also diagnosed with recurrent major depression. There is a tremendous stigma attached to mental illness and unfortunately some cultures are too ashamed to seek treatment or to report being depressed. I know of some families who prevent their mentally ill children from leaving the house because they are so ashamed of their child. Consequently, the child or adult only gets worse without treatment. Early intervention is crucial in a favorable prognosis. I was a victim of severe child abuse and exposed to violence. I only started receiving treatment when I was 30 yrs. old. If I had received treatment earlier, my major depression would not have become "recurrent". But better late than never. If you expect someone of having a mental illness - don't be shame - seek treatment right away.
Not all treatment costs money. There are free programs to help you. Call the Dept. of Health Access Line for help. Good luck.
Thank you for sharing your story. I hope it inspires others who need treatment to seek it.
half and half

Waipahu, HI

#8 Mar 7, 2008
Don't worry. With so many people wanting Hawaii to be like the mainland, we will soon be right up there with everyone else.
Tradesman

Wahiawa, HI

#9 Mar 7, 2008
what s dumb survey. hey, hawaii people have too much ego or not educated enough to seek help from a psych. how do you know if an individual suffers from depression? was it a professional opinion or did you ask that individual. geez, speaking of misguiding society, this one takes the cake. sorry, you can't buy hawaii with beads bro. go back where you came from.
ku i ka pono

Virginia Beach, VA

#10 Mar 8, 2008
The reason for the low rate of depression in adults in Hawaii is because most of the adult have recently moved here - they come over here from the mainland to enjoy the beauty of these islands (or because they are stationed here in the military). They have more money and greater financial resources to afford to live in these islands - happy wealthy mainlanders living here in their expensive condos, driving their nice cars.

Native Hawaiians live under bridges and on the beaches (when their not being evicted from the tents) and take the bus to work (standing room only). Native Hawaiians who live in apartments, live in affordable high-crime neighborhoods where drugs are everywhere. For teenagers, getting bust up in school is business as usual - dealing with korean gangs, flip gangs, samoans, etc - much multi-racial problems to deal with.
Bob from Honolulu

Chicago, IL

#11 Mar 8, 2008
Get real everyone, there is really no such thing as depression, its just an excuse to get some attention.

Back in the old days if you were depressed, you either snap out of it quickly or eat a .44
Clayton
#12 Sep 23, 2013
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Melisande

UK

#14 Jan 30, 2014
I've been on Effexor from http://goo.gl/LXY9gr only one week but am cautiously very optimistic. Prior to this I was on citalopram but still feeling very low and sleeping poorly, feeling like I needed to be in bed 12-16 hours a day. Now I am waking naturally after only 8 hours sleep and finding it much easier to concentrate at work. I can hardly believe it is working so quickly but I feel so much better. I've had no side effects.

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