Depression 'second-leading cause of disability worldwide'

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A new study has shed light on the high amounts of death and disability that can be attributed to depression worldwide.

The study - which was led by Alize Ferrari from the University of Queensland and the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research - found that depression is the second-leading cause of global disability burden, with major depressive disorder also contributing to mortality for a number of other conditions, such as suicide and ischaemic heart disease.

“Depression is the second-leading cause of disability burdens worldwide, according to a new study.“

This conclusion was reached after compiling relevant information from all published research studies on major depressive disorder - also known as clinical depression - and dysthymia, a milder chronic form of depression.

It was also shown that disability from depression affects mostly people in their working years, and women more than men.

The researchers said the findings "not only highlight the fact that depressive disorders are a global health priority, but also that it is important to understand variations in burden by disorder, country, region, age, sex and year when setting global health objectives".

In the UK, it is estimated that around one in ten people are affected by depression at some point in their lives.

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