Last week, the World Health Organization announced that more than 300 million people are living with depression, making it the leading cause of poor health and disability worldwide. Depression is a disorder of the brain that leads to constant feelings of sadness, hopelessness and low energy that are so strong that you can have trouble with daily life for weeks at a time. It is often associated with other diseases as it can increase the risk of substance use disorders, diabetes, stroke and heart disease.
The data was released in advance of World Health Day, on Friday, April 7. This year’s theme encourages people to talk about depression, as research has also found most people living with depression don’t receive the treatment they need.
To learn more about depression, review this resource to understand treatment options, how to best prepare for a visit with your doctor and more.