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Reported November 7, 2013

Depression: Second Global Cause of Disability

(Ivanhoe Newswire) – Major depressive disorder is the second greatest global cause of disability, and the eleventh greatest global burden, according to research from Australia.

Researchers from the University of Queensland and the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research examined relevant research from all published studies regarding major depressive disorder and a milder form of depression called dysthymia.  Then, they used mathematical tools to analyze and compare the effects of the diseases.  They found that depression is the second greatest global disability burden, and when combined with suicide and ischemic heart disease, both of which can be attributed to depression,. The results also showed disability from depression varies by location, sex, occupation, and age, among many other factors.

For more information, go to: http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pmed.1001547

SOURCE: PLOS Medicine, November 2013

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