Depression as a disease of modernity: explanations for increasing prevalence.

  title={Depression as a disease of modernity: explanations for increasing prevalence.},
  author={Brandon H. Hidaka},
  journal={Journal of affective disorders},
  volume={140 3},
  • Brandon H. Hidaka
  • Published 2012
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of affective disorders
  • There has been much speculation about modern environments causing an epidemic of depression. This review aims to (1) determine whether depression rates have increased and (2) review evidence for possible explanations. While available data indicate rising prevalence and an increased lifetime risk for younger cohorts, strong conclusions cannot be drawn due to conflicting results and methodological flaws. There are numerous potential explanations for changing rates of depression. Cross-cultural… CONTINUE READING
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