While Modern Life May Exacerbate Depression, It May Also Give Us the Tools to Treat It

Technology Will Uncover the Causes of the Disease and Offer New Therapies

Is there something about modern life that causes depression?

Worldwide, rates of depression increased by 15 percent between 2005 and 2015, according to the World Health Organization. Almost everyone has been touched by depression, if not their own then that of a friend or family member. As depression becomes our new normal, the question of how to diagnose, prevent, and treat it becomes ever more urgent, said a panel of experts at a Zócalo/UCLA event titled “Is Depression a 21st-Century Epidemic?”

Before a full audience at the House of Sweden in …