Thanks to the internet explosion, more informational resources are available to men and women around the globe who previously did not have access to the standard knowledge resources that were often taken for granted by those who had immediate access to them. Here we are talking mainly about local libraries, some of which have stocked dated medical and other scientific and academic journals which could have been of good use to the broader public.
These peer reviews were not always up to date. In fact, many of the journals have been dated by years while academia and science have moved on in leaps and bounds. It was the same for those who needed access to information on critical medical conditions and diseases which had inflicted those they may have known. Take clinically diagnosed depression, for instance. Back then it was well and truly the silent killer.
Not even medical doctors were ready to acknowledge that their patients may have been afflicted, often dismissing it as nothing more than a bad spell in life and nonchalantly prescribing strong medicine with harmful side effects. Today, however, the archives towards more critical and much-needed neuroscience resource information have well and truly opened up. Even general practitioners are empowered and emboldened to make correct decisions in referring clients (patients) whom they may suspect are clinically depressed.
The layman and woman are especially advantaged. There is an abundance of reading material which can help them to understand some of the symptoms of depression that are being manifested in those they know or love. They are in a better position to make quick decisions before critical situations arise. Even when crises do occur, there are helpful online guides to instruct them on procedures to be followed.