Depression Is Now No. 1 Cause of Illness and Disability Worldwide

'According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression is now the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide affecting an estimated 322 million people worldwide, including more than 16 million Americans. Globally, rates of depression increased by 18 percent between 2005 and 2015.

According to the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, 11 percent of Americans over the age of 12 are on antidepressant drugs. Among women in their 40 and 50s, 1 in 4 is on antidepressants'


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