Not all epidemics are pandemic, some occur as a byproduct of living in a complex society. Depression is one of such silent killer disrupting the society. The causes of depression vary per demography, culture and social stigma. India is right now in middle of such crisis.
Recently a report from UN indicated that in the last 10 years India slipped from 118 to 122 on world happiness index.
What went wrong?
Our GDP jumped, our standard of living has raised yet we are not happy?
Why is this sudden increase of anguish?
What is finding vent through depression?
Well, let’s take a deeper look.
One of the major problem is accepting depression as a disease. It is a general symptom to believe physical illness is only illness and mental illness is insanity. Because of this social stigma, many suffer silently, afraid of a proper consultation, until of course things get out of control one day. The British left us but the colonial hangover remains, chasing us like a ghost from the past, eroding our self-confidence.
This sublime notion along with the increasing competition is playing a major role in depression. Students grow up thinking that failing to qualify as a doctor or engineer means the end of all happiness. Graduates begin thinking that failing to get a job means the end of abyss and of course, out of the employed section, a majority are not getting job satisfaction. Overall the slave or dependent mindset destroys the spontaneous mindset and courage to choose career or live freely. Every time the fear of failing or dissatisfaction incubates the stress and one day eventually leads to depression.
Our media has somehow been transformed into a jukebox of negative and unrealistic expectations. The definition of beauty is fairness, definition of happiness is being rich, definition of cool is being womanizer. Unfortunately, people tend to fit into these expectations, result is obviously being disheartened and eventually depression. Less physical work and more mental stress leads to dullness and breeds depression.
Another aspect is the cultural shock, with the rapid disparity growing between urban and rural life some of old value and customs feel challenged and even at times ridiculed. Unitary families have less time as quality family time, lot of conversations die even before they are born, individual tend to feel lonely and devoid of human care. People begin to be self-centered and living as a community lacks adhesion. This wide mistrust, lack of self-confidence and change in lifestyle are the major factors in the growing cases of depression in the country. Fortunately, though people are acknowledging this problem and hope this would be mitigated before it jeopardizes a generation.
BY: Arijit Das