Mental disorders at alarming rates in low and middle income developing countries

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The report titled ‘Depression and Other Common Mental Disorders – Global Health Estimates’ said over two-thirds of global suicides were in low and middle income countries in 2015.The document noted that in 2015, an estimated 7,88,000 people died due to suicide while many more than this number attempted but did not die.

It said suicide accounted for close to 1.5 per cent of all deaths worldwide, bringing it into the top 20 leading causes of death in 2015.Apart from depression, anxiety is another major contributor to suicides in middle income countries.

The suicide rate varies by WHO Region and by sex, ranging from below 5 per 100,000 population among females in low and middle income countries of the Eastern Mediterranean and American Regions to 20 or more among males in high-income countries and also in the low and middle income countries of the African, European and South-East Asian Regions.The data shows that both depression and anxiety were also found to be far more common in women than in men.

Study more about suicidal thoughts @ http://www.scitechnol.com/international-journal-of-mental-health-and-psychiatry.php

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