The use of anti-depressants in America has risen over the past few years. About 16 million people take antidepressants according to a survey taken from 2011-2014 and that number is expected to climb.
“Modern populations are increasingly overfed, malnourished, sedentary, sunlight-deficient, sleep-deprived, and socially-isolated,” Brandon H Hidaka states in his paper Depression as a Disease of Modernity: Explanations for Increasing Prevalence. With technologies and stricter work and school schedules, people in modern countries spend more time indoors, don’t eat properly, and fail to get enough sleep every night. He also makes the connection that urban dwellers tend to have more psychiatric disorders then those in rural areas. He takes a stand that more traditional households, such that of the British, since they tend to be church-going, have lower rates of depression. The Amish have even lower, about 1%.
Since I live in Utah, I know of an interesting fact about our state: we take that most antidepressants. In an article, they try to link Mormondom to depression. It’s an argumentative piece and the points from I’m taking from it are very one sided, but I think they raise an interesting point especially in light of the previous paper. Dr. Curtis, in the piece, says, “…I think the cultural issue is very real. There is the expectation that you should be happy, and if you’re not happy, you’re failing.” Helen Wright from Taylorsville says perhaps it’s easier on a marriage. Your partner can just take them and neither of you delve into their problems to find out you’re the reason.
I am no expert on the LDS faith, but it seems to be one built on tradition. I think that both ideas have truth behind them. I think that our new lifestyles of sitting indoors and being constantly stressed and rushed are having an affect, as Hidaka says. I also think that societal pressures let it be religion, getting a job, and getting into college/university also adds onto that. Since this is a global epidemic, I’d like to hear about it from others.
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