Depression is a common illness worldwide, with an estimated 350 million people affected. Depression is different from usual mood fluctuations and short-lived emotional responses to challenges in everyday life.
Especially when long-lasting and with moderate or severe intensity, depression may become a serious health condition. It can cause the affected person to suffer greatly and function poorly at work, at school and in the family. At its worst, depression can lead to suicide. Suicide results in an estimated 1 million deaths every year.
– Depression is a common mental disorder. Globally, more than 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression.
– Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and is a major contributor to the global burden of disease.
– According to the 2011 Singapore Mental Health Study, depression afflicts more than 6% of Singaporeans
– More women are affected by depression than men.
– At its worst, depression can lead to suicide.
– There are effective treatments for depression.