20 less known facts about depression in India

20 less known facts about depression in India

  • 1. The National Mental Health Survey, 2015–16, reported that about 1 in 20 Indians suffers from depression.
  • 2.The rate of depression in Jharkhand, Tamilnadu, West Bengal, and Manipur was higher than the national rates in 2017.
  • 3.In 2017, about 45.7 million people in India were affected by depressive disorders.
  • 4.Depression contributed the highest to the total disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) (33.8%) in 2017.
  • 5.In India, the prevalence of depressive disorders is higher than communicable diseases, such as HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.
  • 6.The prevalence of depression in urban metros is higher when compared to rural and non-metro regions in India.
  • 7.More females than males are affected by depressive disorders in India.
  • 8.Depression in India is reported to be highest in the age group 40–49 years.
  • 9.In India, depression is higher in the productive age group (30–59 years). This has a significant effect on the country’s economy.
  • 10.A study in 2018 highlighted a higher risk of depression among Indians in the lowest-income category.
  • 11.Individuals who have been recently separated/divorced/widowed also have a higher risk of depression.
  • 12.Another study found that about 42.5% of Indian corporate employees suffer from depression or an anxiety disorder.
  • 13.Nearly 50% of individuals with depressive disorders in India also experience another mental illness.
  • 14.It almost takes 2.5 months for Indians to seek help for depression after the symptoms start to appear.
  • 15.Almost 50% of those with major depressive disorders have difficulty carrying out daily activities.
  • 16.Depression is often associated with non-communicable diseases such as diabetes.
  • 17.About one-third of individuals seeking healthcare facilities in India could have symptoms related to depression.
  • 18.The cost of care for individuals experiencing depressive disorders is approximately one-sixth of their monthly household income.
  • 19.The National Mental Health Survey 2015–16 also identified that nearly 23 million adults would need care for depressive disorders.
  • 20.In India, the prevalence rate of depression is also associated with the suicide death rate
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