Depression, Number 1 Cause of Illness in the World

According to the World Health Organization’s public health branch, depression is the number one cause for illness and disability all over the entire world. On Thursday, they published an article on their official website. This article shows an 18 per cent increase from 2005 to 2015 in what concerns depression. This means that about 300 million people fell victim to depression.

World Health Day

On April 7 is the International World Health Day. And this day’s main focus is going to be World Health Organization’s campaign titled “Depression: Let’s Talk”. This very interesting campaign encourages people who feel like they might have depression symptoms, to seek specialized help. The treatment for depression often includes therapy through talking or, in some cases, medication. However, it is understandable that people often avoid talking about depression or seeking aid because in our world, people battling this issue are often regarded as being mentally ill. So, because of this, people prefer hiding what they are feeling deep within themselves. Those practices often have very serious results, the most severe one being suicide.

Doctor Shekhar Saxena, the director of the World Health Organization’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, explained that the situation is very bad in the entire world. There is not one single place on the planet where depression is correctly treated or identified. And this should change as soon as possible, because depression is one of the most serious illnesses affecting the modern human. The doctor also added that not even the richest countries who have rather advanced health care systems are not completely ready to deal with a big number of people with depression. In most of these countries, almost half of those people are either not being treated right, or worse, the depression is not even identified right.

Depression is not taken seriously

The World Health Organization made public some statistics according to which, most of the world’s governments only have 3 per cent of their health budget for mental health. Doctor Saxena is saying that this number is very low and completely insufficient for the people’s needs.

Interestingly enough, depression is one of the main causes because of which the entire world losses about $1 trillion. This happens because of a lack of productivity, a stressful job, anxiety, people not being able to work so much, or not being able to pay for their health insurances. So, it is a snowball effect which, if not stopped, could lead to serious consequences for the entire world and its population.

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