Let's talk about depression

Toni Houston
April 1, 2017

They added that every US$ 1 invested in scaling up treatment for depression and anxiety leads to a return of US$ 4 in better health and ability to work. In high-income countries, about half of the people with depression don't receive treatment, which usually involves talk therapy, antidepressant medication, or a combination of the two.

30 de marzo de 2017, 15:02Geneva, Mar 30 (Prensa Latina) A psychotherapeutic treatment overcomes traditions with drugs to combat depression, a disease that now affects 322 million people, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.

By 2015, the number of people globally living with depression, according to a revised definition, had reached 322 million, up 18.4 percent since 2005, the United Nations agency said.

"These new figures are a wake-up call for all countries to re-think their approaches to mental health and to treat it with the urgency that it deserves", WHO Director-General, Margaret Chan, MD, said in a statement.

What's more, the WHO warned that rates of depression are skyrocketing while governments continue to invest little in mental health programs. 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.

"We want to see a range of policy changes to promote mental health and wellbeing".

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.

Increased investment is also needed.

The focus of her speech was on mental health problems among young people rather than adults, pledging that every secondary school will be offered mental health first aid training, while the Care Quality Commission is conducting a review into child and adolescent mental health services across the country.

Depression is a common mental illness characterized by persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities that people normally enjoy, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities, for 14 days or longer.

In the USA, 40 million adults suffer from some sort of anxiety disorder, including depression, according to the National Institute of Health.

Depression is also an important risk factor for suicide, which claims hundreds of thousands of lives each year.

Dr Skekhar Saxena of the World Health Organization said lack of understanding of the condition and prejudice towards those who suffer from it remain barriers to effective treatment.

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