Extreme poverty can result in depression and also suicidal tendencies. The pain of poverty is seen in many facets of life. Lack of proper education, lack of food and shelter are the results and effects of poverty. And the biggest pain of all is that the poor people are not benefited from the therapeutic effects of medical science. Counseling from clinical psychologists also remains mainly the facility for the rich. The poor people are at no benefit. Mostly the reasons for depression in the poor people are more intense and real than the reasons for depression in the rich people. For instance, a poor person might get depressed because of lack of food and extreme economic stress. On the other hand, a rich man might get depressed because he did not clear an interview for joining a big company and therefore he will have to continue working in a small company. It hurts but the rich man’s situation can be dealt by directing his thoughts to something positive. But this is not the case with the poor man; his needs are to be addressed. You cannot just counsel the poor man and then expect healing from depression. You need to supply him with daily bread in order to make sure he is not depressed again. However, you are not required to provide the rich man with the job in a big company. Counseling alone can heal the rich man’s condition but for the poor man you need to change his condition and meet his basic requirements. How many research studies have been conducted to address the psychological needs of poor people? How many researchers have stepped out to address the mental health of the poor people? We need to be more human. We can say that most of the people living in extreme poverty suffer from depression and many also have suicidal tendencies. Should we not take steps to heal depression in poor people also? Are medical science and psychology the therapeutic remedies for the benefit of the rich? Studies should be conducted to study the physical and mental need of poor people and these studies should then come out with promising solutions for the depressed patients who are poverty stricken.
Note: The fact that people living in extreme poverty never consult a psychiatrist can be the reason why the statistics reveal that the number of depressed patients in some underdeveloped countries is less than the number of depressed patients in developed countries. The real reason for the less number of depressed patients can be the unreported cases of depression of poor people.