Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Ballooning Cases of Depression

Cases of depression have ballooned almost 20 percent in a decade, making the debilitating disorder linked to suicide the leading cause of disability worldwide, the World Health Organization had divulged.

By 2015, the number of people globally living with depression, according to a revised definition, had reached 322 million, up 18.4% since 2005, the UN agency disclosed.

“These new figures are a wake-up call for all countries to rethink their approaches to mental health and to treat it with the urgency that it deserves”, WHO chief Margaret Chan said in a statement.

According to the agency’s definition, depression is more than just a bout of the blues. It is a “persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities that people normally enjoy, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities for two weeks or more”.

Lack of energy, shifts in appetite or sleep patterns, substance abuse, anxiety, feelings of worthlessness and thoughts of self-harm or suicide are also common, and can wreak havoc on entire families.

There is also the financial toll. The drop in productivity, and other medical conditions linked to depression, is estimated to globally cost $1 trillion (RM4.4 trillion) annually, the WHO revealed.

A heavy price to pay.

I attended the Service Rocket Toastmasters meeting at KL Sentral yesterday. I was a speech evaluator for an Advanced speech. A good speech by the way!  

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