Depression Is Sweeping The World

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the News: Depression affects 121 million people worldwide. In can affect a person’s ability to work, form relationships, and destroy their quality of life. At its most severe depression can lead to suicide and is responsible for 850,000 deaths every year….

“In conjunction with the World Health Organization World Mental Health (WMH) Survey Initiative, researchers from 20 centers collaborated to investigate the prevalence of depression around the globe. To be classified as having had a Major Depressive Episode (MDE) a person was additionally required to fulfill five out of nine criteria including sadness, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy and poor concentration….

“MDE were elevated in high-income countries (28% compared to 20%) and were especially high (over 30%) in France, the Netherlands, and America. The country with the lowest incidence was China at 12%….

“Women were twice as likely to suffer depression as men, and the loss of a partner was a main contributing factor…” (Source: BioMed Central)

“The new research discovered that for both British men and women the probability of depression peaked at about 44 years of age. In the US, unhappiness reached a peak at about 40 years of age for women and 50 for men.” (Source:

My comment: The more our egoism develops and alienates us from each other, the more the world around us manifests itself as integral, that is, opposing us, egoists-individualists, and the more our lives appear harder, worthless, and pointless. And depression in us will be developing as the biggest problem of humankind, which we will not be able to get rid of other than by turning our mutual rejection into attraction.

The chief problem of humanity is to correct human nature. It is a pity that people do not wish to hear about this and suffer. But these sufferings will nevertheless make them realize the cause of evil and accept the method of correction. It is a pity that everything happens by the path of suffering.

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  1. I agree with this. I hate to say this, but two people in my family attempted suicide and one succeeded. It’s why I avoid trying to interact with them. Because they are so hateful. And when they don’t have someone else to take it out on, they turn on themselves. This happened when I was away from them. I did see it coming years ago. People don’t have to hate each other all the time through hateful words, it can be a constant stream of illogic and passive agressiveness that gets them. At least, that is what a lot of hatred seems to me, it’s subtle and illogical, if that makes sense.

  2. Thank you for this, it’s a harsh reminder of how serious not loving others can be. Honestly, a lot of people take it for granted and they think that as long as they are not yelling harsh words that they are not being hateful. This isn’t always true. Hatefulness can come from just selfishness and wanting to exploit one another or use one another and that is NOT love. People try to get out of loving one another and actually make a game of it trying to avoid having to genuinely love another person because to them, it means they have to give something away from themselves and that would somehow be detrimental to them. This mentality exists out there unfortunately. If people could see how they are not truly loving others and how important it is to love others otherwise, pay the long term consequences, they our world is in for some major suffering and bad things. And, since most people are like this (selfish). It’s really important that those who know how to change themselves share it with the rest of the world. That’s just my humble opinion.

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