Depression Now World’s Most Widespread Illness

"Depression Is Now the World’s Most Widespread Illness"By Laura Entis as published online in, Mar 30, 2017This article came out earlier this spring and gave some hard numbers on just how pervasive and destructive depression can be. Here are some of the key statistics.

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that 322 million people were living with depression in 2015. That makes it the number one cause of ill health and disability worldwide.
  • The majority of people suffering from depression are not receiving adequate care.
  • Even in high income countries it is estimated that half of people suffering from depression did not receive treatment.
  • The cost related to depression add up to $1 trillion annually by WHO estimates.