Robert Maurice Sapolsky (born 1957) is an American neuroendocrinologist, professor of biology, neuroscience, and neurosurgery at Stanford University, researcher and author. He is currently a Professor of Biological Sciences, and Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences and, by courtesy, Neurosurgery, at Stanford University. In addition, he is a Research Associate at the National Museums of Kenya.
25 November 2014
The Global Crisis of Depression
Depression is one of the most significant public health problems facing the world in the 21st Century. Depression is now the leading cause of disability worldwide. Indeed, it is estimated that over a quarter of citizens of working age have suffered from depression. Diagnoses for the illness have continued to increase, even as many employers have failed to understand the impact that stressful working lives can have on their staff and, implicitly, on economic productivity. Such is the scale and variety of the problem that many patients are not getting suitable treatment, an issue only likely to exacerbate the impact.
I want to thank the Economist Group both for my invitation and, more importantly, for bringing together so many leading figures in this field. From long experience, I know how expert gatherings like this can be catalysts for the development of innovative solutions . . .
Depression is nothing short of an eclipse on our world. Its scale is huge. Over 350 million people in the world are affected by depression. To give that massive number some context, think of the population of the United States. Today, you have the opportunity to hear from political . . .