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The impact of depression

If you’re among the 121 million people worldwide with depression, you certainly know how it impacts you, both physically and emotionally. What you may not know is, society pays a price that reaches well beyond the symptoms of the condition.

Here are some ways depression has become a growing global concern:

  • Depression is among the leading causes of medical disability worldwide.
  • 80% of depressed people reported being impaired in their daily functioning, with 27% reporting serious difficulties in work and home life.
  • 35% of males and 22% of females with depression reported that their depressive symptoms made it very or extremely difficult for them to work, get things done at home, or get along with other people.
  • When experiencing a depressive episode, people lose 5.6 hours of productive work every week.
  • People with depression are 6 times more likely to be unemployed.
What's depression costing you?

The societal cost of depression is high, but the cost in human suffering cannot be estimated. Depression can take so much out of you. It can make you feel sad, helpless, and uninterested in your favorite activities. Sometimes depression can make you feel like you have to wind yourself up to get through the day.


Depression is a real medical condition that can’t be willed or wished away. People with depression cannot merely "pull themselves together" and get better. Understanding depression may help you start to realize that it is not a personal weakness.

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