Published: Wed, April 19, 2017
Health Care | By Kelly Miles

Depression Is Most Widespread Disease, Says World Health Organization

Depression Is Most Widespread Disease, Says World Health Organization

WHD, celebrated on April 7 every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of WHO, provides a unique opportunity to mobilise action around a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world.

She said if left untreated, depression could be recurrent, long-lasting and debilitating as it impairs an individual's ability to cope with daily activities, and could have devastating consequences for relationships with families and friends. At worst, depression can lead to suicide, now the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year olds.

According to health experts, antidepressant medication, talk therapies or a combination of both are effective treatments for moderate to severe depression.

"By talking about depression more openly and by better understanding of signs and symptoms of the condition, we are in a stronger position to help ourselves if we experience depression-like symptoms", Singh said.

Yet, fewer than half of the people suffering from depression are receiving the treatment they need to live healthy lives.

On the WHO vision for depression in 2020, Dr. Al-Zayed said the organization deems the illness the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. Between 2005 and 2015 the global number increased by over 18%. That is why, working with provinces and territories, we have committed $5 billion over the next ten years to support mental health initiatives, so that more Canadians can get the help they need. According to World Health Organization, depression is "persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities that people normally enjoy, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities for two weeks or more".

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A lot of the country still views depression, and other mental health issues, through an antiquated lens.

On World Health Day, which is focusing on depression this year, the President noted that social stigma attached to such conditions remains a "major" problem in India. A study report reveals that one in every four mental health problems occurring in people is due to "workplace depression".

The Mental Health Act, sponsored by former Senate committee on health chair Ana Theresia Hontiveros-Baraquel, would include mental health services as part of the nation's national health system.

According to researchers, even in high income countries, almost 50 per cent of people with depression do not receive treatment and drugs prescribed are often ineffective. Are you talking less, or more slowly?

Depression is more than just feeling down.

Encourage them to seek help: Your friend or loved one may not think that they are suffering from depression. Do you know someone who may be considering suicide?

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