About 280 Million Are Suffering From Depression Globally - WHO Data - medtigo


About 280 Million Are Suffering From Depression Globally – WHO Data

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The 21st century is considered the most advanced era of human existence. Technological developments have changed human lives to a considerable extent. Also, it has a significant impact on our lifestyles as well.

While the modern technological lifestyle has made our lives easy, convenient, and efficient, it also has a darker side that is very hard to see.

According to the World Health Organization and a report by World Psychiatric Association Commission published in Lancet, about 280 million people across the globe are suffering from depression.

This accounts for about 5% of the adults of all age groups. in the United States alone, about 21 million adults live with depression, says the National Institute of Mental Health. 

Moreover, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, out of all physician office visits and emergency departments, 11% are related to depression or anxiety. This is indeed alarming.

In the medical world, depression goes beyond just changing moods and seldom feeling gloomy. It is meant by more severe conditions like sadness, hopelessness, feeling lonely. This has further repercussions. It has been found that loneliness results in heart diseases. Lonely older women are more prone to this.

Apart from the above-mentioned, genetics, chemical changes, stress, anxiety, and sleeping problems account for depressive events.

Depression is also called a silent killer as it is tough to identify the problem. Sometimes, even the individuals themselves can’t detect they are suffering from mental health issues, says the report.

Depression also leads to many lifestyle diseases like obesity. Also, if not treated at the right time, depression can have many severe impacts on the mind and body.

Treatments like talk therapy, medication, light therapy, or acupuncture are highly successful in curing the symptoms. But, according to recent studies, exercises and physical activities are far more impactful than therapy and medication.

According to the report published in Lancet, the cases of depression and mental health issues are more common in high-income economies, and the rate is increasing rapidly.

It is high time to talk and discuss depression and mental health issues. We, as a society, must make discussing mental health issues a normal process.

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