Posted by zazenducke on May 3, 2012, at 8:56:20
In reply to Re: ADs may do more Harm than Good -New Research paper, posted by AlexanderDenmark on April 30, 2012, at 15:02:15
> > I had old info. My mistake,
> > In a prior study, Phillips found that 40% of all suicides in the world occur in China, but depression there is three to five times less common than in the West, and substance abuse, often viewed as another cause of suicide, is much less common in China than in the West
Many suicides are not caused by an "illness" called depression but by life circumstances. If someone has terminal cancer or is being tortured and kills herself or is in intolerable circumstances such as abusive marriage with no escape that is not "depression".
There is a study that says suicide is more likely in places where the level of happiness is greatest. Perhaps because of dissatisfaction with one's life compared to others. In places where people are unhappier no one expects so much out of life I guess or feels a fellowship with fellow sufferer. For instance in the US New Jersey is the 47th happiest state and also the 47th in suicide rate. Perhaps Iran like New Jersey is just an unhappy place and has low expectations?
The US is exporting the idea of "mental illness" as well as the remedy. People in other cultures are being taught to define various human states of mind as illnesses which require medication.
"Crazy Like Us" describes the campaign to teach Japan how to be depressed. And this was done without direct advertising of meds. It was public service announcments to sell the illness and then the AD sales followed.