The World Is Depressed

Jon-Paul Kreatsoulas

NEIU student who may be depressed
Photo by Emily Haddad


According to World Health Organization (WHO), more than 350 million individuals suffer from depression on a global scale. The 350 million individuals who suffer are comprised of those in varying age groups, nationalities, places of origin and gender. Contrary to popular belief, depression strikes hard, not only in the not-so-well-off, but also in the financially stable community. It has also been stated by WHO that according to statistics, females are 50 percent more likely to develop depression as opposed to males.
Though the term is loosely thrown around without any concrete meaning, depression is a disease that is developed from social, psychological and biological factors and puts a hinder on an individual’s behavior. If substance doesn’t act as a catalyst to depression, then depression itself could very well act as a “gateway” disease.  It is more severe than the occasional dramatic mood fluctuation, but if ignored, the disease could lead to suicide at its very worst. About less than half to about 10 percent of those diagnosed with depression seek treatment or support. Treatment for depression often involves taking prescription medication. With saying that, there is always the chance of a patient being misdiagnosed and prescribed certain antidepressants that lead them down a certain path that would be best not travelled at all.
There are different types of depression that eventually come down to relatable symptoms from one “sub-depression” to the other. Typically, someone who expresses a lack of interest or energy in even the most simplest of tasks, whether domestic or work related should be flagged for indication. Also signs of a lack of general pleasure or low self esteem should be noted.  Extreme mood swings from” high and mighty” to “low and burdening” in questionable time lapses should also be watched for.  Depression is also gauged by its severity and this determines what and how much prescription medication should be taken.
Aside from the meds (which are regarded as a last resort if the following fail), treatment for diagnosed depression is vast. A variety of therapy sessions can be attended; each session different depending on the type of depression as well as the severity, and also, recreational activities are often suggested as a coping mechanism.  Essentially, a healthy mind reflects a healthy body.
The publication Psychology Today suggests that females might be more prone to depression than males. This is more than likely because post partum depression, as well as the stress that comes with the role of being a providing mother and wife.
Depression in third world countries of the Earth is most evident because of the conditions that are endured. Consumable food and clean water is hard to come by, as well as proper medical attention. Third world countries contribute largely to the growing number of individuals who suffer from depression as Professor Arthur Kleinman of Harvard Medical School estimates that by the year 2020, depression will be the second leading cause of death in the world.
For those in need, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1800-273-TALK (8255).