Many of you must have suffered depression at some stage of life. Many of you will be suffering from depression now and perhaps many will suffer depression in future. Depression seems to be a very simple and small word but the majority of the people do not know what depression really is? What are the causes of depression in USA? What kind of people becomes its victim? In this article I will try to answer some of these questions.
What is depression?
People think that depression is just a swing of mood and not genuine mental state. They think that it is simply the name of getting distressed for couple of weeks or months, but actually depression is a real disease with clear symptoms. It has proper treatment with proper care and medication. If depression gets severe it can steer someone to death (natural or suicide). Its symptoms are feeling sadness, uselessness, loss of interest in thing which he liked to do, exhaustion, poor sleep, unease or even in severe cases one feels like doing suicide. When these symptoms get strong and clear the treatment should be started.
What are the causes of depression?
Out of every 100 American 6 of them suffers severe depression, that is much higher than the depression rate of China where every 3 persons suffers depression out of 100 (remember china is the most developed country of Eastern world) So the point of concern is that why a high rate of population of a developed country like USA suffers depression?
AS far as I have researched for the most likely cause of depression, I have found that alienation or lack of family values is the biggest reason of depression. Divorce is the most likely way to get cut off from a loved one which is in the hands of the person. Comparing different countries with USA there is a significant difference in rate of divorce. The two countries with lowest divorce rate are India and Sri Lanka having a rate of 1% to 1.5%. Whereas, USA whom residents have one of the highest rate of depression in the world, more than 50% of the marriages ends with divorce.it is 50 times more than India or Sri Lanka.
The next most likely cause of depression is consumption of drugs. According to the WHO’s survey USA has the highest consumption of illegal drugs in the world. Cocaine and Marijuana is consumed in US than anywhere else in the world. Americans are more likely to use cocaine 4 times more than New Zealand which is second highest illegal drugs consuming country of the world. Marijuana is taken 2% more in America as compare to New Zealand. Tobacco use is also most common in USA with 74% of the people using it. Again, due to lack of family values a large number of single adults take drugs in USA making the overall figure higher than the other countries of the world.
Sexual abuse is another big reason of depression in USA. The person who is sexually abused spends his/her whole life in depression, many of them commit suicide and others live a life all alone in the world as they feel insulted and ashamed of themselves. The figures of sexual assault in USA are astonishing. Almost 207754 become the victim of sexual assault in USA. Every two minutes someone in USA gets sexually abused. Almost 54% of these cases are not reported to the police. 80% of the victims are of age under 30 and 44% of the victims are under age of majority. 2/3 of the assaults are attempted by someone who is known by the victim 38% of the rapist are friend or acquaintance of the raped one which shows the corrupt moral values of Americans. 97% of the rapists never spend a day in jail.
Obesity is one of the causes of putting a person in depression, Research have proven that almost 25% of the obese people also suffers from depression compare to those who r not obese. In USA 35 people out of 100 are obese which is increasing the rate of depression. Obesity can cause lack of self-confidence, gets isolated from the society, these all can cause depression. Obese person can b coldshouldered, labeled and separated. The extra weight carried by the person make him uncomfortable at public places bring about depression. Obesity is also a source of other diseases like diabetes, cholesterol or high blood pressure. The medications use to treat these diseases may consist of the element that might cause depression.
These were the four core reasons of high depression rate in the United States of America. To overcome this constantly increasing disease the US Government has to take some effective measures such as they can improve divorce law, there is a need to alter the illegal drug law and other related laws. The general awareness in the people is not present. The residents are unaware of the causes of depression and its effect on their lives. The hazardous act they perform without knowing the side effect and the outcome of the act. Obesity can be controlled at the grass root level. I am sure US Government must be working on to control all this but they should realize now that their plans are not working and they need to change the strategy.
Rate of depression in USA has been taken from:
Divorce rates have been taken from:
Rates of consumption of drugs have been taken from:
Facts about sexual abuse have been taken from:
Information about Obesity has been taken from: