314. More Depression in the World Today

The rate of antidepressant use in the United States rose by 400 percent between 1988 and 2008, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Here are some reasons why:

  1. There is much more awareness these days of mental illnesses.
  2. The prevalence of frosted flakes, Big Macs, and other processed foods in our diets.
  3. The increase of environmental toxins in the world
  4. The lack of human connectedness and interdependence, especially amongst young adults, thanks to video games, iPads, texting, and other technological advances that take us away from face-to-face personal interaction.
  5. The breakdown of family and social structures and community support. More and more people are becoming loners.
  6. And the biggest one of all: increased stress in our lives, including lost jobs, family breakups, and wars and rumors of wars.

About Patrick Day

In 2010, I escaped from four long years of deep, dark depression. This blog shares lessons I learned from those years as depicted in my autobiography - How I Escaped from Depression - as well as other insights about depression and anxiety that only come from someone who has gone through it. When you have a heart attack, you become an expert in heart attacks. When you have diabetes, you become an expert in that condition. As such, I am an expert in depression, with a four-year experiential degree and graduate studies in how to live a life going forward that keeps the ever-lurking Depression at a healthy distance.
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