Socioeconomic Differences Lead to Inequality in Treatment of Mental Illnesses

Depression is the most commonly known mental health problem and approximately 9% of Americans live with depression. Take that number with caution because there have been reported cases where those with depression or those around them dismiss the case. I feel that something has to be done because depression should be taken as seriously as any other illness or health problem. Sure depression isn’t as apparent as a torn ACL or a broken bone, as shown by cases like Robin Williams in 2014 but there are things that can be done to aid the problem. Below, a YouTuber by the name of Sky Williams touches on both Robin Williams and helping those in need:

As shown by Robin Williams’ unfortunate case, not only can depression effect those that are the happiest and funniest outside, but it effects even some of the richest or poorest in the world and U.S. Given this information, I think it is intimidating to think that about the kind of treatment that is needed but can’t be provided for those of lower income households. Robin Williams was a multi-millionaire and depression sadly won in the end; what would happen if someone didn’t have those millions and still needed the treatment?

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Depression can effect people of either gender or any age and the effects can be as detrimental for any demographic. There was a study completed by epidemiologists with results showing that socioeconomic status (SES) is directly involved with depression: The lower a person’s SES goes, the higher their chance for depression goes. I personally am worried for those who cannot provide for themselves when it comes to health and changes can be made. I grew up in an area where help was always there if someone needed it and this isn’t the case for everyone that is effected by depression.

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In poorer areas, there are generally more problems financially and safety-wise that can negatively effect a human’s mind. With these added pressures, depression is clearly correlated with SES and on top of it, there is less money available which means some aspect of life has to suffer. In most cases, trips to the therapist aren’t common when they should be because this is seen as a luxury compared to other necessities. Mental health is the aspect that suffers in this case and it is concerning that it is overlooked constantly.

I think the scariest part of depression is how unpredictable it is. For one person it could lead to a quiet few weeks or months or it could end in something more dangerous and drastic. In addition, the resources in less affluent areas of the U.S. could greatly magnify the actions taken by someone effected by depression.

We need to join together to educate the public about aiding those in need. Depression is serious and more people are diagnosed with it than with cancer. Together we can lower the depression rate and this will result in less ramifications than before. Depression isn’t easily detectable but looking out for it will definitely help us all. In addition to all of this, the picture above explains it well, those with depression shouldn’t automatically be seen as crazy, psychotic or outcasts because they just need help. We as a society can easily provide that help and defeat this problem. Listen to my podcast below on depression and treatment:

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