Friday, July 29, 2011

Study: Richer Countries Have Higher Depression

Steve Hartsoe

We've all heard money can't buy you love. It looks like money can't buy happiness, either.New research unveiled this week in the journal BMC Medicine reveals that not only does money not create happiness, it may in fact do the opposite. Using a diagnostic test from the World Health Organization (WHO), an international team of researchers polled 90,000 people from 18 countries and across income levels and found surprising results.In the countries considered high-income, an average of 15 percent of respondents reported experiencing at least one major depressive episode in their lifetime. In the remaining eight low-to-middle income countries, the number was much lower – only 11 percent admitted depression, reported the Los Angeles Times .
The countries with the highest rates of depression were the United States, France, the Netherlands and New Zealand – all with rates upwards of 18 percent. The lowest were Mexico, India, South Africa and China, with levels dipping below 12 percent in some places, according to the study. “On one level, it seems counterintuitive that people in high-income countries should experience more stress than those in low- to middle-income countries. However, it has been suggested that depression is to some extent an illness of affluence," the authors wrote in the study......


  1. It makes total sense - it's not the money that's the problem; it's the greed and acquisition of more, more.more. We are a nation of fat, lazy, dumbed down pigs and from the 100 million that do absolutly nothing for their free uncle sugar ride and bitch loudly when said uncle is 2 days late on the mailbox money

    To the fat cats who work 20 hours a day; 7 days a week and have so much stuff they must rent
    storage units to house their overabundance

    Life - good life anyway; is about balance. Nowhere is this more prevelant than money -
    We bring on 99% of these stresses ourselves

    I must live in south beach
    I must drive a hummer
    I must eat out 6 times a week
    My house must contain 2500 sq ft.
    My jeans must say Liz Claiborne
    My sneakers must be nike
    Our wedding bands must be pure gold a big diamonds
    We must take a 2 week vacation to the hamptons every year
    I must to go to college -- the expensive one!
    my tv must be a least 55" w/ hdtv
    my computer must be 5 ghz
    It is practically endless and none of it is worth a damn cause you went to the friigin' bank; they raped you and now your ass hurts

  2. The Wall Street Crash of 1929 (October 1929), also known as the Great Crash, and the Stock Market Crash of 1929, was the most devastating stock market crash in the history of the United States, taking into consideration the full extent and duration of its fallout.[1] The crash signaled the beginning of the 12-year Great Depression that affected all Western industrialized countries[2] and that did not end in the United States until the onset of American mobilization for World War II at the end of 1941.

    “ Anyone who bought stocks in mid-1929 and held onto them saw most of his or her adult life pass by before getting back to even. ”
    —Richard M. Salsman[3]

  3. Richer nations have very fast moving life. To be in their position they must keep up by competing with the rest of the world. That is why they have no time to play, relax and spend time with their family. They are not enjoying life so they are stressed out.


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