Depression is a major illness, there’s no two ways about that. I even hesitate to state that I may have suffered from depression because it doesn’t seem as bad as I thought it should be. But that’s just me, rambling on about myself.
Luckily for us, depression is now being recognized as a proper mental illness and not something people make up to allow themselves to wallow in self pity. The importance of diagnosing depression cannot be understated; it is one of the biggest contributors to suicide! And considering the fact that there are over 300 million depressed people globally, imagine the havoc that this disease can wreak.
This Insider Monkey article called ‘15 most depressed countries in the world in 2017‘ poignantly mentions why depression has increased manifold when compared with previous generations:
‘You might think that the world has improved leaps and bounds in the last century or so, and technology has played a crucial rule in this. But wait, you say, technology has made our leaves easier. After all, you can now exchange messages with loved ones thousands of miles away in the blink of an eye. Such a feat would have been considered impossible less than 50 years ago. However, for me, technology has increased competition and pressure in a manner that has seen suicide rates steadily increase each year. The one thing that older generations had, and we are now deprived of, is peace. Peace of mind no longer exists. We barely finish one thing before we move onto another. And it is never enough. We believe we have goals and that we’re going somewhere, but in the end, all we manage to accomplish is running around in circles.’
The article further discussed which countries suffer the most from depression and the reasons behind it. If you want to learn about depression, be sure to check it out!