The Truth about Depression
Depression is a common illness worldwide, with more than 300 million people affected. Especially when long-lasting and with moderate or severe intensity, depression may become a serious health condition. It can cause the affected person to suffer greatly and function poorly at work, at school and at home. At its worst, depression can lead to suicide. Close to 800,000 people die due to suicide every year. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in 15-29-year-olds.
Although there are known, effective treatments for depression, fewer than half of those affected in the world (in many countries, fewer than 10%) receive such treatments. There are a few obstacles to overcome though, lack of trained health-care providers, and social stigma connected with mental disorders. Another barrier to effective care is assessments not being carried out accurately. People who are depressed are often not correctly diagnosed, and others who do not have the disorder are too often misdiagnosed and prescribed antidepressants.
By Zainub and Aaishah