A Cultural Cause of Depression

August 26, 2004

Chuck Colson makes this observation in a recent article:

The years following World War II saw unprecedented progress in Western standards of living. The average American and Western European was wealthier and healthier than all but a handful of the people who had ever lived.

That same period saw even greater growth in another area: the incidence of clinical depression among the same population. As Gregg Easterbrook tells us in The Progress Paradox: How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse, there has been as much as a “ten-fold increase in unipolar depression in industrial nations [in] the postwar era.”

Read the entire article to find out how many of today’s depression sufferers are victims of culture.


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