CNN reports on a study just released, that states 3.4% of the adult, non-elderly population suffer from serious psychological distress – symptoms typically captured under the diagnosis of depression. This is greater than a 10% increase over the past decade in the U.S. Individuals with serious psychological distress are much more likely to suffer from poor physical health and tragically, less able to afford health care.
Depression is now the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, with more than 300 million people suffering from the condition.
Rates of depression have risen by more than 18 percent since 2005, but a lack of support for the mental health combined with a common fear of stigma means many do not get the treatment they need to live healthy, productive lives.READ FULL ARTICLE