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As the COVID-19 pandemic wears on, a new survey shows that depression is worsening across the nation and the Mountain West.

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During the "season of cheer," many people suffer from seasonal depression. Feelings of being overwhelmed or sad can be reduced by something many of experience during the holidays: gratitude. Brain science supports the benefits of this emotion. Idaho Matters learns about this from a Boise doctor with Optum Health.

Moody’s Analytics just looked at the economic consequences of a report by Blue Cross Blue Shield on millennial health. And it’s not good.   

The Mountain West has disproportionately high rates of depressive disorders and suicide. Researchers are trying to find out why. Turns out, the mountains themselves might have something to do with it. 

Efforts are being made to detect signs of depression in earlier stages. We talk with health care professionals about spotting the symptoms early on.

On The Tuesday, June 19, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters:

Jun 18, 2018

  • Early screenings for depression.
  • Holocaust education in Idaho.
  • Insuring therapy for youths with autism.
  • Boise's best hiking spots.

Our region ranks in the top ten for suicide. A new study from the University of Utah shows there may be a reason for that.