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Depression Is Now The World's Leading Cause For Poor Health

Director General of the World Health Organization Margaret Chan speaks during the opening ceremony of the 9th Global Conference on Health Promotion in Shanghai Depression Is Now The World's Leading Cause For Poor Health
Melissa Porter | 01 April, 2017, 02:06

Every $1 invested in scaling up treatment for depression and anxiety leads to a return of $4 in better health and ability to work.

This enhanced care is as simple as talk therapy, antidepressants or a combination of the two, according to WHO.

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.

The WHO made the announcement on Thursday, reporting that rates of depression have increased by more than 18% since 2005. "These new figures are a wake-up call for all countries to re-think their approach to mental health and to treat it with the urgency that it deserves", WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan said.

One way the World Health Organization is fighting the stigma associated with depression is through their one-year campaign called, "Depression: let's talk". Even in high-income countries, almost 50% of people with depression do not get treatment. It can cause the affected person to suffer greatly and function poorly at work, at school and in the family. These include increased mental health awareness training for job centre staff - and reform of the work capability assessment (WCA), which may be psychologically damaging, and lacks clear evidence of reliability or effectiveness.

The WHO India office also spoke of the need to strengthen treatment structures.

The UK's leading bodies representing psychologists, psychotherapists, psychoanalysts and counsellors recently wrote an open letter, published in The Independent, urging the Government to suspend benefit sanctions which are often imposed on people with mental health problems.

Tens of thousands of children have also been promised extra help, including 67 more eating disorder services to allow young people to be treated without having to go to hospital.

Investment in mental health makes economic sense.

World Health Organization has identified strong links between depression and other noncommunicable disorders and diseases.

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.

Claire Murdoch, its national director of mental health, said: "We've seen decades of neglect and underinvestment in mental health services".