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Depression in the U.S.

Robert Sapolsky | 59:17


Stanford University, okay. There are all sorts of interesting diseases out there, and lots of them are quite exotic. You've got Elephant Man syndrome and you've got Progeria, which is the disease where you basically die of old age when you're about 10 years old, and then you've got cannibals eating brains.

PreOn diseases, and those are very exciting. And they're great and great. You know, junior high school papers about disease and such? Oh no. Okay. Come up to the front.

See a couple more seats.

There's a fan back there. That's Ah, okay. So there are all sorts of these great made fort diseases out there. But when you want to come to say basic meat and potatoes of human medical misery, there is nothing out there like depression. Depression is absolutely crippling. Depression is incredibly pervasive and thus important to talk about.

I'll make the argument here today, a number of things, but one critical thing being that basically depression is like the worst disease you can get, and I'll make the argument for that. It is devastating. It is wildly common. Current estimates are 15% of us in this room will have a major depression at some point or other in our lives, so that is not good.

What is also clear is it is worldwide. Currently, world Health Organization says depression is the number four cause of disability on this planet, and by the year 2025, it's gonna be number two after obesity, diabetes related. So it is bad news and it is becoming more. Okay, so what I'm gonna talk about today are seemingly two very, very different topics and tie them together at the end.

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