Gulf Coast Residents Remain Worse Off Emotionally Post-Spill Depression diagnoses up 30% since weeks before BP oil spill

May 7,2012 (Written by Dan Witters – Gallup) – WASHINGTON, D.C. — Residents of Gulf Coast-facing counties continue to suffer from lower overall emotional health, as measured by the Gallup-Healthways Emotional Health Index, in the two years since the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Those living in non-Gulf states and inland counties in the same Gulf Coast-facing states have shown no such drops in Emotional Health Index scores in the aftermath of the oil spill.

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