As Depression gets Sociable

by The Anti Depression Team on

The treatment for problems that depression causes is expensive; therefore, depression services are globally underfunded, and thus often poorly developed, especially in developing countries. Approximately 28% of countries lack a separate depression budget. For countries with separate depression budgets, more than one-third (62% of developing countries; 16% of developed countries) spend less than 1% of their total health budgets on depression.

Therefore, a considerable controversy forms between the depression rates and resources dedicated to it. Now, effectual interventions for many depressions are available and successfully managing depressions is possible. Yet, because the reasons behind the problems that depression causes are often ill analysed, funding of depression treatments is insufficient and only a small percentage of people in need receive them.

The problems depressions cause should then be taken into account in health policies and plans. Equality in allocation of funds should be predominantly present between physical and mental disorders.
Impartiality in the distribution of resources, facilities and professionals, within the depression sector and countries’ rural and urban areas is needed. For example, one-quarter of countries are inaccessible to basic psychiatric medications at the primary care level and 37% lack community-based depression facilities. For 70% of the world, every 100 000 people have access to only 1 psychiatrist, thus leaving the needs of groups vulnerable to depression-causes (e.g. women, indigenous ethnic minorities and victims of abuse and trauma) neglected.

Depressions rates are estimated to grow in the upcoming decades. By 2020, depressions are likely to account for an alarming 15% of disability-adjusted life-years lost. Unsurprisingly, depression is to become the second most significant cause of disability in the world.
The remarkable reductions in infant mortality and communicable diseases due to medical advancements, especially in developing countries, allows more people to reach the age of susceptibility to dementia and problems that depression causes. Also, depression patients are estimated to live longer.

Other probable reasons for the increase in depression cases and the problems that depression causes include rapid urbanization, conflicts, disasters and macroeconomic changes.

Frequent exposure to violence (e.g. armed conflicts and civil strife) and disasters brings a higher possibility of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. Often, these depressions cause drug and alcohol abuse and increased suicide rates.

Many developing countries suffer multiple consequences in their rush for economic development. Urbanization through economic restructuring leads to changes in employment policies and abruptly substantial increases in unemployment, which cause homelessness, poverty, overcrowding, pollution and loss of social support, all which are risky depression-causes for depression and suicide. Some authors are advocates towards urbanization being a depression-cause and increases mental ill-health, especially in developing countries.

In addition, inconspicuously, depression causes stigma and discrimination in both low and high-income countries throughout history. Bias, stereotyping, fear, embarrassment, anger, rejection and avoidance are just a few of the many ill treatments that depression causes sufferers to experience. Also, depression causes sufferers to painfully experience violations of basic human rights and freedoms, as well as denials of civil, political, economic and social rights, like employment opportunities and access to services, health and housing, in both institutions and communities. In addition, depression causes many of their victims to suffer physical, sexual and psychological abuses every day. Unfortunately, many cases go unreported and therefore the burden remains unquantified.

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