WHO is leading a one-year global campaign on depression. The highlight depression adolescents World Health Day 2017, celebrated today. The goal of the campaign is that more people with depression, everywhere in the world, both seek and get help.
Depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. November 2016 – The mhGAP Intervention Guide 2. 0 is a resource to help health practitioners in non-specialized health settings recognize and treat mental health disorders. The section on depression provides guidance on assessment, the different types of treatment that can be prescribed, and follow-up.
It includes information on treatment for depression among children and adolescents and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Depression is a common mental disorder, characterized by persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities that you normally enjoy, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities, for at least two weeks. Depression is treatable, with talking therapies or antidepressant medication or a combination of these. Globally, more than 300 million people of all ages suffer from depression.
Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease. More women are affected by depression than men. At its worst, depression can lead to suicide. There are effective psychological and pharmacological treatments for depression.