Which Countries Are the Most DEPRESSED? Is Yours on the List?

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A World Health Organization-sponsored study by the American BMC Medical Journal found that people in richer countries, for the most part, show more prevalence of major depressive episodes.

The results are based on surveys with 90,000 people in 18 countries, some face to face.  On average, over half of all respondents in rich and middle-income countries reported having had a depressive episode at some point in their lives.

China – Low levels of depression

China - Low levels of depression
Lifetime prevalence of depression: 6.5%     Depressed in the last 12 months: 3.8%

Japan – Low levels of depression

Lifetime prevalence of depression: 6.6%    Depressed in the last 12 months: 2.2%

Mexico – Low levels of depression

Mexico - Low levels of depression

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Lifetime prevalence of depression: 8%    Depressed in the last 12 months: 4.0%

India – Low levels of depression

India - Low levels of depression

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Lifetime prevalence of depression: 9%    Depressed in the last 12 months: 4.5%
Germany – Medium levels of depression
Germany - Medium levels of depression

Lifetime prevalence of depression: 9.9%      Depressed in the last 12 months: 3%

Lebanon – Medium levels of depression

Lifetime prevalence of depression: 10.9%   Depressed in the last 12 months: 5.5%

Belgium- High levels of depression

Belgium- High levels of depression
Lifetime prevalence of depression: 14.1%   Depressed in the last 12 months: 5%

Ukraine – High levels of depression

Lifetime prevalence of depression: 14.6%      Depressed in the last 12 months: 8.4%

New Zealand- High levels of depression

Lifetime prevalence of depression: 17.8%      Depressed in the last 12 months: 6.6%

Netherlands – High levels of depression

Netherlands - High levels of depression

Lifetime prevalence of depression: 17.9%     Depressed in the last 12 months: 4.9%

United States – High levels of depression

United States - High levels of depression

Lifetime prevalence of depression: 19.2%     Depressed in the last 12 months: 8.3%

France – Highest levels of depression

Lifetime prevalence of depression: 21%    Depressed in the last 12 months: 5.9%

Read more from original in Biz Insider: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-most-depressed-countries-2011-8?op=1#ixzz1Ub29oOpL

 

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