Almost 1 in 10 U.S. adults suffer from depression, new national statistics show. Previous research has shown that massage therapy alleviates symptoms of depression.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), persons 45-64 years of age, women, blacks, Hispanics, and non-Hispanic persons of other races or multiple races, those with less than a high school education, previously married, unable to work or unemployed, and without health insurance coverage were more likely to meet criteria for major depression.

“Depression can adversely affect the course and outcome of common chronic conditions, such as arthritis, asthma, cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity. Depression also can result in increased work absenteeism, short-term disability, and decreased productivity,” the CDC report noted.

Oct. 7 is National Depression Screening Day. To find a free, anonymous screening site in your area, visit www.mentalhealthscreening.org.

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