Saturday, September 08, 2007

Depression recognised as most disabling condition

A Word Health OrganisationSurvey involving more than 245000 people, concludes that depression is the most disabling condition.

" Depression does greater damage to a person's overall health than long-term physical diseases, according to scientific research." Read more at Press Association

"On a scale of 0 to 100, with 0 indicating worst health and 100 indicating best health, sufferers of depression had an average score of 72.9 in Dr Moussavi's study. This compared with 80.3 for asthmatics, 79.6 for angina sufferers, 79.3 for arthritis sufferers and 78.9 for those with diabetes. "Our main findings show that depression impairs health state to a substantially greater degree than the other diseases," Dr Moussavi said. " Read more at Guardian

"The need for timely diagnosis and treatment of depressive disorders is imperative for health-care systems worldwide, the researchers said." Read more at MedPageToday



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