Report on depression
Part of: Prelims and GS-II Health
Context: A Lancet and World Psychiatric Association Commission on depression has stated that the world is failing to tackle the persisting and increasingly serious global crisis of depression it is facing.
- It has estimated that 5% of adults worldwide suffer from depression each year, and yet it remains a neglected global health crisis.
- Poor understanding of this condition and lack of psychosocial and financial resources are already impacting on prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and the economic prosperity of nations.
- There is abundant evidence that much can be done to prevent depression and aid recovery even in resource-limited settings. Yet, many people continue to suffer.
- While in high-income countries, about half of people suffering from depression come under this category, this rises to 80-90% in low- and middle-income countries.
- The COVID-19 pandemic has created additional challenges,
- Recommendation: Investing in reducing the burden of depression will give millions of people the chance to become healthier, happier and more productive members of society, help to strengthen national economies, and advance the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.
News Source: TH