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Epidemiology and burden

Raymond W. Lam

in Depression

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199692736
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199607013 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199692736.003.0002

Series: Oxford Psychiatry Library

Epidemiology and burden

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• Depression is a highly prevalent condition – about 1 in 7 people will experience a depressive episode during their lifetime. • Many people with depression will have a recurrent or chronic course, leading to substantial impairment in psychosocial function. • Depression is now the leading cause of disability in developed countries and the fourth leading cause world wide. • The economic costs of depression are staggering, both in direct medical costs of treating depression and in indirect costs of work absence and loss of productivity.

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Subjects: Psychiatry

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