Developed countries must be sad places, indeed, when you can find antidepressants in water filtered out of waste treatment facilities.
from BBC News
An Environment Agency report suggests so many people are taking the drug nowadays it is building up in rivers and groundwater.Incidences of depression and anxiety are reaching epidemic proportions in the United States as well, although I don't accept the explanations offered by pharmaceutical companies or their equivalent as adopted by doctors to diagnose depression as some sort of dysfunction instead of a normal response to external factors. The baby-boomers must have deprived their children an essential gene, if we are to accept the theory that suddenly millions of people don't know how to regulate their serotonin. If the serotonin isn't flowing, it's probably because our lives suck. That's not a dysfuntion; it's what our body was designed to do under sucky circumstances. If millions of people are spontaneously experiencing it together, I would take a hard look at things they share in common, like social circumstances; not things they don't, like body chemistry.