Essay on The Rising Rates Of Depression And Suicide

1926 Words Jun 12th, 2016 8 Pages
One of the driving forces for today’s rising rates of depression and suicide are the dozens of stigmas that pollute the field of psychology. However, one of the most potent and overlooked stigma is that of one’s nation. Most notably, first world countries all have different unspoken standards for coping with emotional conflict. Infamously so, Ireland and the US have stricter, more judgmental expectations for how individuals should manage their mental states. Veritably, "65% of [native Irish] people surveyed acknowledge that being treated for a mental health problem is viewed by Irish society as a sign of failure is very disappointing...Only 54% hold the view that Irish people would willingly accept someone with a mental health problem as a close friend” (BreakingNews.ie). This toxic idea that treatment equates to being perceived as weak and a “failure,” invisibly, but effectively, stops hundreds of Ireland’s citizens from getting the life-saving care. The US is not far any better than Ireland, for it “tops the list [of most depressed nation}, with 9.6% of the population experiencing bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder or chronic minor depression over the course of a year. That’s compared with a .8% rate documented in Nigeria (Van Dusen, Forbes). Most notably, the rates of depression in the US have grown drastically: “The National Commission on Civic Renewal, a panel of academics, business executives and Washington insiders, has decided that America 's moral health…

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