If the 20th century was considered the most tensed-up period in history, the 21st century is set to exceed it by far. Depression is one of the most serious health hazards today, and it has reached epidemic proportions. We live in a disorderly world where people are highly competitive, commercialized and power-hungry. This leads to a lot of stress and anxiety. It is estimated that about 40% of the population is on tranquilizers. The World Health Organization figures say that 5-12% of people are depressed. In India, there are 50 million sufferers, of which 5-10% have major depression. Almost 50-75% of suicides are by people who are depressed. In Zimbabwe, depression is called “Shona,” meaning “thinking too much.”
No One is Immune to Depression.
It affects all ages, from young children to senior citizens, manual labourers to corporate heads, literate or illiterate. Winston Churchill, who suffered from depression, called it the “black dog.” Abraham Lincoln also suffered from bouts of depression.
It hits the most ambitious, creative and conscientious.
Jeffrey Spellar, psychiatrist.