Depression in Mexico: Stigma and its Policy Implications

BY DIANA GONZALEZ AND MAURICIO ALVAREZ The Vice-Minister of Integration and Development of the Health Sector of the Mexican Ministry of Health, Eduardo González Pier, claims that “an important segment of the population with a mental health problem does not seek medical attention, simply because they do not consider it an illness; however, this is…

Mental Health of Syrian Refugees in Jordan

BY FARAH AL HADID When Syrian refugees cross the border to Jordan, their physical injuries are clearly evident. The mental injuries that they have incurred, on the other hand, are far less apparent.1 It is estimated that, on average, more than 50 percent of refugees worldwide manifest mental health problems ranging from chronic mental disorders…

Depression in Developing Countries

BY SREEJA KODALI In his book The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, Andrew Solomon, describes the “worst case of depression” he had ever seen. Maggie Robbins, charming and “always so lustrous with energy,” in her deepest depression, was “curled up on the couch in a tight ball, wincing as though someone were putting slivers…