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Junwon Soh An Invisible Pain South Korea’s Gross National Product (GNP) has been tremendously raised with the sharp increase of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) because of the unprecedented rapidity of economic growth right after the Korean War. Ostensibly, it can be appraised that life satisfaction of Koreans has also increased with the country’s enhanced economic condition. Nevertheless, their increased annual income did not bring greater emotional well-being to Koreans. According to the Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare, there are more than 600,000 people suffering from depression in South Korea, and approximately only 15 percent of them look for medical services. Although the severity of depression can vary depending on the individual, when ignored, it can lead to serious consequences, including suicide. The suicide rate of South Korea is the 4 th highest in the world and has been increased to 153.6 percent since 1995. In short, an increasing number of Koreans who suffer from depression has been a major social issue in Korea, and unfortunately, many of them considered committing suicide and even put into practice due to a lack of proper intervention and support. This serious social issue was exacerbated by ‘pessimistic perspective of people’ and ‘exorbitant medical expenses’. People must be fully aware of this problem not only because depression deprives people of the quality of life. By understanding the nature of this problem
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  • Fall '08
  • staff
  • Sociology, Waseda University

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