n Mental Health Matters - Depression in the workplace : guest editorial

Volume 2, Issue 3
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Depression is one of the most prevalent mental disorders in the Western World and has also been regarded as one of the most costly health problems. It is estimated that depression affects up to 340 million people worldwide and has a high prevalence in almost every society. The National Comorbidity Survey (Replication) published in 2003 found the lifetime prevalence of major depression to be 16,2% and the 12 month prevalence rate to be 6,6%. The World Health Organization further predicts that by 2020 depression will be the second largest contributor to the global health burden of all diseases.

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