Why is depression on the rise?
If everyone can do anything and be anyone they want to be in today's society, then the percent of depression should be going down. So weird, and since humanistic thoughts and beliefs are on the rise, then based on today's logic, we should also see a decrease in these figures.
1. Social media culture to blame. I'm not a technophobe or anything, but I have to acknowledge that it does play a role in how people feel about themselves (depending on age). Always seems that other people are having great lives from the pictures they post, etc. Plus, I'm sure teens get cyber stalked.
2. Old media - News is depressing. A decade of war; an election in which the candidates go around telling everyone the country sucks. That never helps. Homelessness is rising. Drug use is up dramatically. And the recession that in some ways is still with us.
3. Stimulants - Caffeine usage is way too high. The crash is bad. Energy drinks are the worst. Sounds minor, but it isn't. I've seen people gorge themselves on these drinks and get real moody. Now pot is legal in many places. THC will increase paranoia.
4. Religious participation is decreasing - I'm not religious, so that's not necessarily a primary cause. But there is something to it.
5. General uncertainty - Never seen it this bad.
I, too, agree with you here C J Kelly. And we need to remind ourselves from "little things big things grow". So we do our everyday bit. Then? Imagine when the whole country does there bit? We can transform what was to where we want to be. Believe.
I agree with 1 and 2. Also the continual decline of the US since the 60s, and the loss of focus of America and its people. There is no plan today for the middle class to succeed anymore. People fall out of the middle class before they can climb up it
The answer is K.I.S.S.-keeping it simple & succinct. The socioeconomic climate in the United States & postindustrial societies is becoming more precarious in scope. The middle class is becoming the middling class as middle to high level white collar & middle to high level blue collar jobs are disappearing due to computerization. As a result of increasing computerization, many in the middle class are being downsized &/or laid off. Many middle class level jobs are being outsourced overseas to cut costs & save the corporations money. The middle class has become the middling class. Some are even becoming the new lower class. If that doesn't get people depressed, nothing will.
The socioeconomic climate has become so precarious & tenuous that many people who used to be 1-2 paychecks away from homelessness are now 1/2 to 3/4 of a paycheck away from homelessness. Now, that is alarming beyond shock. This is future shock & then some. Jobs now require an intermediate to advanced level of computer & technological knowledge. Those who aren't computer or technologically savvy will either be the new poor or the disenfranchised underclass. This new poor & disenfranchised underclass will be....PERMANENT.
It has been predicted decades ago(my late mother stated this) that in the future, there will be only TWO socioeconomic classes- the very rich & the very poor w/the middle class virtually being decimated. Those who have the smarts, talents, relevant educational levels, & the computer/technological savvy will be part of the upper socioeconomic echelons of society while those who don't have the smarts, talent, relevant educational levels, & the computer/technological savvy will be the socioeconomic poor, even impoverished. In essence, the latter will be left behind. With widening chasms in social class, there will be a corresponding correlation in the amount of depression experienced.
Besides the chasm in socioeconomic class, there is less certainty in mores & ethics. To some people, this broadening in mores & ethics in addition to the changing definition of gender & family roles creates a sense of anomie. There is a social anomie in which people really don't know where they stand gender-wise & family-wise. Postmodern cultures & societies are advancing at a furious pace & people really don't know where they specifically stand. They have lost their psychological, even psychic anchor & oftentimes depression is the result.
Informative and insightful Grace.
AND what are we going to do to stop this trend before it is too late?
What can we do on the micro level? The everyday level?
And remember there is more of us than the ruling 1%. We speak up! Petition to Parliament
Do you think Hollywood and what movies portray these days bring people to depression?
The economy suck, as a result life suck, people are working their butt off just to stay afloat, once upon a time, we can work and have fun and still have enough saving for retirement, today, nobody can afford to have fun anymore, everybody is "live to work" rather then "work to live" unless you are somebody who love your job, what is there not to be depress about?
A combination of having unrealistic expectations and not keeping things in perspective. Too often people put their all into having one outcome and if they don't get that "one thing" they're unable to cope.
In other instances after they do get "it" they never really thought beyond that so they feel empty or lost and dissatisfied in many ways.
Eastern philosophers espouse we learn to become more "detached".
Not getting what one wants shouldn't be the end of the world!
When colleges teach victimhood, that all of society is against you and hates you, it is a recipe for mental illness.
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