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Study Explains Why Social Support Increases Mental Health

Unfortunately, many people in the modern world suffer from loneliness, especially among younger generations. The advent of social media, along with longer work hours, means less time for in-person connections. ADVERTISEMENT People had more time to foster genuine relationships when life didn’t move so quickly.

Nowadays, our conversations have become hurried and strained as we struggle to keep up with responsibilities.That may explain why people in developing countries have better mental health than in industrialized nations. One study found that people in wealthy nations had higher rates of depression than those in poorer countries.Researchers believe the high depression rates in developed countries may result from a more significant income gap between the rich and poor. Also, wealthy countries tend to focus more on the individual than the community, causing poor mental health.This doesn’t mean people in poorer countries don’t suffer from depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders.

They face challenges, such as political and financial instability, lack of healthcare, and other problems.However, they generally have a closer community to rely on than those in wealthy nations. This alone could help stave off depression and negative thoughts caused by adversity. So, perhaps developed nations should focus on increasing social support rather than GDP.

ADVERTISEMENT Obsession with material goods and money doesn’t equate to happiness. The study referenced above found that the US has the second-highest rate of depression among wealthy countries. Let’s delve into the study showing why the community can foster mental wellness in rich and underdeveloped nations.Iranian researchers performed a meta-analysis of 64 studies that

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