U.S. Among Most Depressed Countries in the World

From US News:

The U.S. is one of the most depressed countries in the world, according to the World Health Organization.

In terms of quality years of life lost due to disability or death – a widely adopted public health metric that measures the overall burden of disease – the U.S. ranked third for unipolar depressive disorders, just after India and China.

About one in five adults in the U.S. experiences some form of mental illness each year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, but only 41 percent of those affected received mental health care or services in the past year.

Closing the gap between mental health patients and providers is a global issue.

“In 2014, 45 percent of the world’s population lived in a country where there was less than one psychiatrist to serve 100,000 people,” according to WHO.

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