Friday, November 15, 2013


Depression Second biggest cause of disability in world.

           as Reported in the journal PLOS Medicine. (POLS Public Library of Science).

Reported by Helen Briggs of BBC News.

     The study compared clinical depression with more than 200 other diseases and injuries as a cause of disability. Globally, only a small proportion of patients have access to treatment, the World Health Organization says.
     Depression is a big problem and we definitely need to pay more attention to it than we now are.
     There's lots of stigma we know associated with mental health.
     The data - for the year 2010 - follows similar studies in 1990 and 2000 looking at the global burden of depression.
     Commenting on the study, Dr Daniel Chisholm, a health economist at the department for mental health and substance abuse at the World Health Organization said depression was a very disabling condition.
     "Around the world only a tiny proportion of people get any sort of treatment or diagnosis."

CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reports:

An Estimated 1 in 10 U.S. Adults Report Depression.

National Institute of Mental Health

Major Depressive Disorder is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for ages 15-44.
Major depressive disorder affects approximately 14.8 million American adults, or about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year.
While major depressive disorder can develop at any age, the median age at onset is 32.
Major depressive disorder is more prevalent in women than in men.

WebMD asks:  How Many in U.S. Are Depressed?

CDC Says 9% of Adults Are Depressed at Least Occasionally; 3.4% Suffer From Major Depression
Anxiety and Depression Association of America

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older (18% of U.S. population).

Mental Health America

Depression is a chronic illness that exacts a significant toll on America's health and productivity.  It affects more than 21 million American children and adults annually and is the leading cause of disability in the United States for individuals ages 15 to 44. 
WND Exclusive; David Kupelian
Fully one-third of the nation’s employees suffer chronic debilitating stress, and more than half of all “millennials” (18 to 33 year olds) experience a level of stress that keeps them awake at night, including large numbers diagnosed with depression or anxiety disorder.

As reported by CBS NEWS

CDC: One In 20 Americans Depressed

More than one in 20 Americans aged 12 and older are depressed, according to the latest statistics.

Of them, 80% report some level of functional impairment because of their illness, with 27% reporting that it is extremely difficult to work, get things done at home, or get along with others because of the symptoms of their depression.

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