I know I've likely asked a similar question to this before, but here goes. Even though they're not the countries with the world's highest suicide rate*, it seems that the US, Canada, and the UK (among others of a similar culture) have a much more developed "culture of depression," as I would call it. Most websites and organizations formed to address these issues are based in these Anglo-Saxon countries, as are most of their members and clients. SF is one example of this. Depression is a much more frank and ubiquitous topic in these societies, including in popular culture, cinema, and media (even ads related to treatments are quite common). The medical and psychological community, the latter of which is already the most developed in the world, seem far more involved with researching and treating Depression and similar mental illnesses than those based outside the anglosphere (i.e. the English speaking world). Granted, I understand much of this is based on anecdotal evidence, and presents casual problems - such as if depression is simply more noticed in these countries because we're more open to confronting it, or have done more research. But I still feel it's an interesting issue to discussion, especially in light of the fact that incidences of depression seem to grow most in those societies in which the American and British cultures - and their medical practices - are most prevalent. Thoughts on this my friends? Is it culture and society, or is it the medical community or perhaps something else entirely? Maybe this phenomenon doesn't even exist. I would like some opinions. *That distinction, according to the WHO, is held by Belarus, South Korea, and Japan, though it varies between them and other mostly East Asian and former communist countries. Such things are, alas, difficult to measure and do often have a cultural context.