Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Depressive Disorder, 3

What makes the difference in the highest versus lowest rates of depression by country? 

Some say it has to do with culture, because a country’s culture can have a huge impact not only on an individual’s depression level but on the availability of treatment service and their cost. There is some sense that the countries with the lowest rates of depression have recently begun adding mental health resources for their residents and at an affordable cost. 

Others suggest that, in addition, those countries have worked at destigmatizing a diagnosis of depression (or of anxiety disorder), making it more acceptable to talk about it openly and encouraging its citizens to take advantage of the available resources. 
More tomorrow.

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