Yep, that makes sense. 

Courtesy of Medical News Today:

The number of adults experiencing depression in the U.S. has tripled, according to a major study. Researchers estimate that more than 1 in 4 U.S. adults now report experiencing symptoms of depression.

Before the pandemic, 8.5% of U.S. adults reported being depressed. That number has risen to 27.8% as the country struggles with COVID-19.

Prof. Sandro Galea, a dean at Boston University (BU) School of Public Health, MA, is senior author of the study.

“Depression in the general population after prior large-scale traumatic events has been observed to, at most, double,” he notes.

While reports of depression have increased in response to earlier crises, such as the 9/11 attack and the spread of Ebola in West Africa, the extent of this recent finding is something new.

I would suggest that while the actual pandemic is likely a contributor to our depression, it is our inability to have confidence in or leaders right now that may more effectively explain why it is so high. 

After 9-11 George W. Bush was widely lauded for giving a speech to assure America that the perpetrators would be brought to justice.  

That of course went off the rails, but at the time it was something that the American people needed to hear.

Trump has never provided such a rallying cry, and to be honest most Americans would not believe him if he did. 

I really think that once we get a new administration in place, despite any progress with a vaccine, that we will see a trend downward with depression in this country. 

What really helps with depression is a sense of hope. and let’s face it Donald Trump does not represent any kind of hope.