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August 18, 2011

"India most Depressed Country," says WHO!

As the depression is growing more in developed & developing countries, India ranks the top as the most depressed country in the world. The World Health Organisation (WHO) assumes that depression will be the second leading cause of disability by 2020!

According to a recent study based on the WHO's World Mental Health Survey Initiative, around 9% of people 've been found with depression within their lifetime in India. About 36% people suffered from Major Depressive Mode (MDM), while China had 12%. 

The study, 'Cross-National Epidemiology of DSM-IV major depressive episode' showed that the average lifetime rates of depression are 14.6% in ten high income countries & 11.1% in eight low to middle income countries. The percentage of MDE is higher in high-income countries at 28.1%, while 19.8% recorded in the low to middle income countries. 

The symptoms like sadness, loss of interest or in other term pleasure, low self-worth feelings, lack of sleep & loss of appetite indicate that a person is suffering from depression. While the society is growing fast in the field of industry & people are found more professional, they are also living in a state of depression. The study revealed that people in the wealthier countries are more depressed than people in the less wealthier countries. 

The study was published in the medical journal BMC (BioMed Central) Medicine. It was conducted on interviews of nearly 90,000 subjects across 18 countries such as India, US, China, Japan, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Ukraine, Germany, Lebanon, Mexico & South Africa with different income levels. The study showed the links between social cause & depression. It found people are more depressed after being separated from their partners in high capital countries, while in low to intermediate capital countries, divorced or widowed are more depressed. 

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