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Depression Stigma Drops For First Time In U.S.

A recent survey found the first evidence of significant decreases in public stigma toward depression in the U.S. Between 1996 and 2018, respondents reported increasing beliefs that mental health problems are caused by genetics or disruptions in the brain, rather than moral causes including having a bad character or bad upbringing. In 2018, the primary belief was that depression results from a chemical imbalance in the brain, and more people believed that depression is a genetic problem rather than blaming …

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