This is an interesting diagram named Maslow’s hierarchy of needs (1943), which I came across accidentally when having a chat with my host.
While we (as in British, or people who get access to tumblr) are on the top tip of the pyramid, people in sub-Sahara Africa and many others living in shanty towns or slums or wherever it is are still at the lowest level.
In MEDCs such as America, having a psychoanalyst is quite a common phenomenon. My host always describes her mum as being mental (really mental, she means it). Whereas in developing countries, like China, it’s quite rare to hear someone saying they need to see their psychoanalyst. Who would ever imagine depression will happen to people in places like sub-Saharan Africa? People in these places are just too busy struggling to survive.
An easy, straight-forward correlation: rich people tend to have more worries, thus more psychological problems.
Seriously, if I had a choice, I’d rather born in Africa.