Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease.
In the last few centuries depression has become so common (especially among young people) and the numbers of people dealing with depression are constantly on the rise.
My question is: Why is the number of depressed people constantly on the rise?
I'm also interested in your personal opinions so feel free to share your thoughts.
As the Daniel Sumner said stigma around mental illness specifically depression is getting less with the passage of time.
And social media playing important role. Fake success stories making people think they are loser and unworthy. In the name of self care social media is promoting toxicity.
What we as society don't understand tiktokers, influencers they are all actors and selling their products.
These are some great answers and it was a really great question too. I think perhaps there maybe one more reason why depression may be seen to be on the rise. It is now less of a stigma to be seen struggling with a mental health issue. Hearing that someone is taking medication to combat depression or seeking ways to improve mental health does not raise as many eyebrows. Thus the statistics would see this as a rise when in reality many feel safer at least in their personal lives to admit these struggles exist and are more ready to self-report. However such stigmas still exist and will have to be combatted further but this might explain one reason for the apparent rise. This has to be considered along with sociological and existential reasons. Thanks for posting such a great question and some great answers.