- Mary Jane Tacchi
- and Jan Scott
No age, gender, or social group is immune to depression and it is a very common human experience. ‘Depression in modern society’ considers the global impact of depression and how major international bodies, for example, the World Health Organization and World Bank, have tried to estimate the real world impact of depression and the economic costs to society. There is often great stigma associated with depression that may undermine a person’s willingness to access treatment. The lessons to be learned from campaigns that have tried to combat prejudice are considered along with the notion of genius and madness and whether there is evidence for an association between creativity and mood disorders.