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By - Maria George

Facts And Statistics About Depression

Depression is very serious. This is the leading cause of suicide. Thousands of people kill themselves, because of this dangerous disease. In this article, we will see how depression rises alarmingly throughout the world.

According to figures released by the World Health Organization (WHO) for 2010: Globally, more than 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression or about 5% of the world population. Even worse, Depression is a major cause of disability throughout the world and is a major contributor to the global disease burden. You can browse to to know more about depression and its symptoms.

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WHO also reports that suicide rates have risen 60 percent over the past 50 years, the most striking in developing countries and that by 2020 depression will be the second most prevalent medical condition in the world.

Research strongly shows that depression is not limited to certain races or certain individuals. All individuals are vulnerable to depression. But let us see who are more vulnerable to depression.

According to a study by NIMH, the following groups are more likely to develop severe depression:

  • People aged 45-64 years.
  • Blacks, Hispanics, non-Hispanics of other races or many races
  • Woman
  • People with less education than high school
  • Individuals cannot work or are unemployed
  • People who do not have health insurance
  • Married women are more likely to experience depression than unmarried women.
  • Married men tend to be depressed than unmarried men.
  • Women who are unhappily married are three times more likely to experience depression than men who are unhappily married.
  • The highest suicide rate among Americans is in white men aged 85 or over.
  • Many studies have found that divorcing, separating, or widowed is closely related to depression. The loss of marriage can cause depression, or depression can cause loss of marriage.