Depression is often a recurring disorder, and people with a history of the ailment are frequently placed on a long-term course of anti-depressants (AFP Photo/Joel Saget)
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Cases of depression have ballooned almost 20 percent in a decade, making the debilitating disorder linked to suicide the leading cause of disability worldwide, the World Health Organization said Thursday.By 2015, the number of people globally living with depression, according to a revised definition, had reached 322 million, up 18.4 percent since 2005, the U.N. agency said.About 800,000 people commit suicide worldwide every year, amounting to one suicide every four seconds.Saxena pointed to studies showing that 70 to 80 percent of people who commit suicide in high-income countries, and around half of those who kill themselves in low-income countries, suffer from mental disorders, of which depression is the most common.
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