Affluent Nations Depression
July 26, 2011 by USA Post
Affluent Nations Depression, Rates of depression are higher in countries consistenty richer than in low-income countries, according to researchers correlated socioeconomic data with levels of depression. Interviews with more than 89,000 people in 18 countries found that 15 percent of people in high-income countries reported having been depressed, compared with 11 percent of low-and middle-income. Rates of depression were higher in the United States and France, far outpacing the poorest countries such as Mexico.
The researchers interpreted the data as a reflection of the difference in expectations, suggesting that the gap between rich and poor grew out of the depression of the situation rather than clinical depression, which is likely to be long term and have their roots in biological factors.
“There are a lot of people in the U.S. who say they are satisfied with their lives,” said Kessler, a professor of health policy at Harvard Medical School, Bloomberg. “The expectations of the U.S. has no limits and people in other countries are so happy to have a meal on the table.” ‘
Another theory is that richer countries tend to be more socially fragmented and individualistic, with the pursuit of a career often took precedence over family or spirituality.
“The richest countries are the industrialized countries … where individuals are less dependent on family support for everything from child care to the marital advice,” said Dr. Sudeepta Varma, assistant professor of psychiatry at New York Universirty Langone Medical Center, ABC. “There is a known relationship between social support is a protective factor against depression.”
While rates vary from country to country, the depression had the ability to affect a person’s quality of life in all countries. Women also reported nearly double the rates of depression in men, which the researchers associated with the dissolution of a relationship through divorce or death of a spouse.
Collection of data on depression may be less controversial than trying to quantify happiness. Britain’s attempt to measure the average levels of happiness has attracted skepticism from people who believe that there is no objective way to do it, and critics assaulted Bhutan Gross National Happiness Index as a tool of propaganda.
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