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Examining The Broad Reach Of Depression

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NEW YORK (CBS NEWS) – Here’s something depressing. The Centers for Disease Control says roughly one in 10 Americans is depressed — the Land of Opportunity apparently offering a lot of opportunity for misery.

“It really started to take hold for me in my 40s, and I would have these depressive episodes,” said novelist Louis Bayard. “In the middle of the Starbucks line, I would just, like, start welling up with tears. So, that this was happening was very strange to me and I couldn’t figure it out.” Bayard had no obvious reason to cry. In fact, he seemed to have every reason in the world to be happy. “I was living a really good life by my standards,” he told Spencer. “I was doing the work I wanted to do. I had people to love. I had a nice house. I had all the sort of markers of happiness, right? And it still wasn’t sinking in.”

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