"There are many factors that have an impact," said Mack Gift, executive director of the Mental Health Association in Utah, based in Salt Lake City.
Simply stated, people living in more crowded areas, who come in contact with more people in daily life, probably are less likely to feel isolated and alone, according to Gift
"In some of the big cities, there is a lower incidence of depression," he
Several studies have concluded that people can have a genetic predisposition toward depression, Gift
added.A tendency toward depression might be a legacy from early Mormon settlers.
"It would be an interesting study if someone could do it," Gift
said."It would require a massive study."
A heavier burdenGift
also pointed to societal pressures as a major cause of depression in women.
"I would say the depression has to do with expectations, along with the ongoing inequities that exist between men and women," he