Depression is Dominant in Black Males even Amongst the Wealthy

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Those at the highest risk of suffering from depression are jobless African American men and those earning in excess of $80,000 per annum. Data analysed from the latest national survey of mental disorders have found that Black women however, in the higher income bracket, tend not to suffer from the debilitation.

The survey was implemented to determine how the factors of social class and wealth cause a variance. The survey included questions on the mother’s education level, marital and employment status and the findings make for interesting reading. Dr Hudson who headed up the survey said, “After measuring depression in a very comprehensive way, the results were not very consistent. We need to figure out as a general public: Is there a cost associated with socioeconomic position or moving in an upward trajectory?” She is from the Center on Social Disparities in Health at the University of San Francisco.

3,570 African Americans were asked to take part in the survey which was seen as an adequate number to get an accurate determination of the national average. The sampled group, were asked for key data on the depressive episodes they have gone through over their lifetimes. In particular the questioning focused in on any episodes which have occurred in the past year. Those of this genetic grouping who are in the high earning category in excess of $80,000 per annum, were found to have been far more likely to report symptoms of depression. That figure was almost equal when taken in comparison against the numbers of African American men earning less that $17,000.

There was a huge disparity however in the middle ground between those two income groupings, and those pertaining to the middle ground with regards to income. The findings unsurprisingly were, that the unemployed males were the most likely to report symptoms in the national survey. The more education that had been obtained by the individuals the less likely it was that depression was suffered. The reasoning determined behind the shock data was that those at the high end of the scale were: That the greater earners were normally working in an integrated work environment where there was an increased likelihood of their being exposed to racial discrimination. It is a known that racial discrimination undermines any benefits achieved from the increased social status afforded by a higher income.

The wealthy are viewed as having moved away in many cases from their natural support environments, ‘riding solo’ so to speak. A lack of African American role models and these other factors come about to create the ‘perfect storm’ for depression to exist. Single African-American men were more apt to be depressed than married African-American men both in the short and long term. In men it was uncovered that being in a long term relationship pertaining to marriage leads to a smaller likelihood of the onslaught of depression. For women however this was found not to be the case.

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