Depression and Society

Americans are obsessed with happiness, yet increasingly depressed: Some 15 million Americans battle the disorder, and increasing numbers of them are young people. Attempts to explain the paradox focus on growing pressures on earcly achievement at the expense of free play in childhood, a cultural shift away from direct social contact to electronic connection, a focus on material wealth at the expense of rich experiences and social contact. All are implicated.

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