• Clara Medeiros

Brazilian Society Is Increasingly Depressed

Depression is a mental disorder that is characterized by persistent sadness and loss of interest in activities that were normally pleasurable for the person, accompanied by the inability to perform daily activities due to discouragement. More women are affected by depression than men. And there are already valid for diseases. Many people still problematize this disorder, and treat it like a fool of the current century. Nowadays, we notice a great increase in depressive disorder among the Brazilian population, especially among young people. According to data released by the World Health Organization (WHO), depression affects at least 350 million people worldwide. According to data from the same organization, Brazil is the country with the highest number of depression cases in Latin America and the second in the entire American continent, considering a study by the University of São Paulo (USP) that one third of the Brazilian population has depressive symptoms. These figures are alarming, considering the great increase in research over the years and how this disease is treated not only by the country's society but by its own health institutions. The image of a happy country, with people who are always rejoicing and having fun as conversations about this disease. Denial with depression in Brazil does exist. We always want to portray an image of a country where people are festive, welcoming, love what they do but what the research data showed us said otherwise. Depression is killing people of all ages in our country because people do not want to accept that it is a serious illness, but depression leads to eating disorders, social phobia and even just suicide. The Government needs to intervene in this situation. Inserting psychologists in public schools and requiring the same as private schools would be a way to prevent the problem from getting worse from an early age, as it should be accompanied by a professional who could or could not identify symptoms of mental disorder such as depression. The most affordable price for psychiatric professionals and psychologists is also necessary to treat the entire aggregate population.

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