Over 5 crore Indians suffered from depression. A major contributor to world suicides that occurred primarily in low- and middle-income countries like India in 2015. A World Health Organisation (WHO) study has said.
Over 5 Crore Indians Suffered From Depression In 2015, WHO Study Says :
The WHO in its new world health estimates on depression for 2015 said. Whereas over 5 crore Indians suffered from depression, over 3 crore others suffered from anxiety disorders. The report titled ‘Depression and different Common Mental Disorders. World Health Estimates said over two-thirds of world suicides were in low- and middle-income countries like India in 2015. The who document said that 322 million individuals are living with depression worldwide. And nearly half them live in South East Asian and Western Pacific region, reflecting comparatively large populations of India and China.
“The total number of individuals living with depression within the world is 322 million. Nearly half these people live in the South-East Asia Region and Western Pacific Region, reflecting the relatively larger populations of these 2 Regions that include India and China,” the document said.
The total estimated number of people living with depression increased by 18.4 per cent between 2005 and 2015, it said. According to WHO figures, the whole cases of depressive disorders in 2015 in India were 5,66,75,969. Which that was 4.5 per cent of population in 2015. Whereas total cases of anxiety disorders were 3,84,250,93 that was 3 per cent of the population within the same year amount. For depressive disorders, WHO said total Years Lived with disability (YLD) in India was 1,00,504,11 that was 7.1 per cent of total YLD, for anxiety disorders. Since total years for YLD was 35,19,527 that was 2.5 per cent of total YLD.
The document noted that in 2015, an estimated 7,88,000 individuals died. Because of suicide whereas more than this number attempted but failed to die. Since it said suicide accounted for near 1.5 % of all deaths worldwide. Hence bringing it into the highest 20 leading causes of death in 2015.
“Suicide occurs throughout the lifetime and was the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year olds globally in 2015,” it said.
The suicide rate varies by WHO Region and by sex, starting from below 5 per 100,000 population among females in low and middle-income countries of the eastern Mediterranean and american Regions to twenty or more. Among males in high-income countries and additionally in the low- and middle-income countries of the African, European and South-East Asian Regions.