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Following a HealthDay story, Time (4/15, Kluger) reported that “a sweeping study of the national mood” was “just released in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.” Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “conducted two nationwide surveys,” one from 1993 to 2001, and the other from 2003 to 2006, “of a total of 2.4 million people in more than 3,100 counties across all 50 states.” Survey “respondents were asked to think about their general mental state, including ‘stress, depression, and problems with emotion,’ and then asked how many days in the past month their mental health was generally not good.” Defining frequent mental distress (FMD) “as 14 or more bad days out of 30,” the CDC team found that “between 1993 and 2001, nine percent of Americans were found to be suffering from FMD; by 2006, that number had nosed up to 10.2 percent,” with the “saddest state” being “Kentucky, with a steady 14.4 percent of residents reporting FMD in both surveys.” CNN (4/16, Mann) also reports the story.

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