Society is Responsible For Our Depression


Depression is often caused by the state of society rather than imbalanced brain chemicals.

Can we be responsible for our own mental illness? Mental health is not just a belief, but a physical issue with our nervous system. Yoga and Buddhist practices can help treat depression without medication by changing our behaviors and energy levels. This made me wonder if society as a whole could be diagnosed with mental illness. If we define it on a larger scale, it’s possible.

The psychological health of society is important for individuals to find their way. However, we are currently mentally ill due to various factors such as job insecurity, lack of community, and trauma news. This decline in values is causing an increase in depression and anxiety worldwide. Eastern philosophy, specifically Hinduism and Buddhism, have opposite values to what western countries is trying to spread globally. We should focus on building a culture around mental health that recognizes our potential for higher conscious evolution and revere the earth and its free services. We should celebrate and engineer symbiotic and altruistic forms of diversity instead of denouncing primitive worldviews.

We can change how we think about depression based on science and history. It used to be called melancholia and was seen as a loss of spiritual vitality. Instead of just seeing it as a personal problem, we need to address the root cause. Our behaviors and coping mechanisms are learned from our culture, so community and discipline are important in places like Japan. We can’t just take parts of other cultures without understanding their context. Healing requires focusing on the whole picture, not just individual parts influenced by our environment.

We have lost the ability to build a good society. This might be because western countries was founded on Christian beliefs, a desire for independence from Europe, and a love for new things. But something is missing and we need to fix it quickly. If my environment is not healthy, it’s hard for me to recover from mental illness. If my surroundings don’t give me space to breathe, I can’t learn how to cope. People are starting to realize that to get rid of mental illness, we need to look at the things that allow it to continue. But to do that, we need to talk about it more.

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Taran says:

    As a well read atheist (but not an anti-theist), I think what you’re saying is true – and as I told my psychologist, who surprisingly agreed with me: Sometimes the world just sucks.

    I think – I don’t know how true it is – that it’s not necessarily religion in the West that has been the issue as much as what it has been leveraged for, and how it has ignored or excused exploitation of others. While a cow may stop traffic in India as it crosses the road, a wounded pedestrian in New York City only slows traffic. I’m not saying one is right or wrong, what I am saying is that maybe there is something to be learned from both.

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    1. GS says:

      You raise some valid points


  2. Katherine says:

    You have some good points, and I do believe that the social conscience plays an important role but we’re also responsible for the way we feel, and how we choose to live our lives.

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    1. GS says:


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