With Over 5 Crore Indians Suffering From Depression, Here’s How One Can Deal With It Tactfully


India is one the leading contributors for deaths because of suicides caused by depression and anxiety in Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific region, which includes China claims a recent report put out by The World Health Organisation (WHO).

WHO in its new global health estimates on depression for 2015 states that while over five crore Indians suffered from depression; over three crore others suffered from anxiety disorders.

What the report claims about where we stand globally on matters of depression

The report titled ‘Depression and Other Common Mental Disorders – Global Health Estimates’ said over two-thirds of global suicides occurred in low-and-middle-income countries like India in 2015.

“The total number of people living with depression in the world is 322 million. Nearly half of these people live in the South-East Asia Region and Western Pacific Region, reflecting the relatively larger populations of those two Regions which include India and China,” the document said.

The report also noted that in 2015, an estimated 7,88,000 people died due to suicide while many more than this number attempted suicide, 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.


The total estimated number of people living with depression increased by 18.4 percent between 2005 and 2015 and continues to rise, added the document. A report published in 2014 by WHO found that one person commits suicide every 40 seconds in India.

With such a staggering number of depression, anxiety, and suicides cases, sometimes one wrong word, statement or move can lead to lethal consequences. A depressed person and this can include you, can be extremely sensitive and vulnerable to statements such as the ones listed below:

The statement: Come on dude, people have worse problems than what you’re facing

Article Originally published at India Times

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