An important point to note, however, is that this study was conducted on people from just one place – Dunedin, New Zealand – so the results could be only representative of that particular place.
However, multiple studies in other parts of the world, including Switzerland and the US, demonstrate similar numbers in this regard.
The take-home message is that you are more likely to suffer from a mental disorder than not in your lifetime. The more people that know this, the more that people will treat those suffering from one with a greater degree of respect and understanding.
It’s also important to recognize that scientists are still trying to understand how much of depression is a genetic disorder, an environmental one, a psychological one, or a neurological one – or a combination of all of the above.
The science of depression. AsapSCIENCE via YouTube
One overlooked factor in this regard is the contraceptive pill. Although circumstantial evidence has been building for some time indicating a link between the two, a recent landmark study all but confirmed it, dramatically revealing that women taking the pill are 23 percent more likely to need antidepressant drugs than those not taking it.
Thanks to all this research, the social stigma towards mental disorders is being gradually rolled back, but there’s still plenty more work to be done – in terms of the science and how it’s communicated to the public.
[H/T: Science News]