Depression rates rise 18 percent in a decade

‘Let’s Talk’, WHO says, as depression rates rise 18 percent in a decade| Reuters – Mar 30, 2017 – By Kate Kelland

Depression is now the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday, with more than 300 million people suffering.

Rates of depression have risen by
more than 18 percent since 2005

WHO expressed concern that in many countries there is little or no support for people with mental health disorders, and said only around half of people with depression get treatment in wealthier nations.

On average just 3 percent of government health budgets is spent on mental health, varying from less than 1 percent in poor countries to 5 percent in rich ones, according to the WHO.

 

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2 thoughts on “Depression rates rise 18 percent in a decade

  1. Richard A. Lawhern, Ph.D.

    An important distinction needs to be made in reports of this type: is depression actually rising, or would it be more accurate to say that DIAGNOSES of depression are rising? There is a plausible case to be made that Americans are vastly over-medicated for “depression” which is better characterized as chronic worry due to over-exposure to pharmaceutical advertising. Likewise, it is now known that anti-depressant medications are no more effective than placebos for mild to moderate depression in over half of those treated.

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    1. Zyp Czyk Post author

      Or course, you are right, it’s diagnoses that are increasing. But I doubt that just an increasing rate of diagnoses can lead to an almost 20% difference.

      However, the rising rate of suicide is the best evidence that either more people are depressed or that people’s depression is getting worse, diagnosed or not. In these times of outrageous economic inequality, it makes sense that people would lose hope. Plus, removing access to physical pain relief will certainly lead to even more people giving up.

      I have read that, statistically, antidepressants don’t perform better than placebo, but they saved my life. I just hope I don’t lose my opioid pain relievers and slide back down into the hell that antidepressants saved me from. They certainly help me, but they can’t save me from a sentence of vicious pain for the rest of my life.

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