Research from the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study (the GBD 2010 Study – funded by the Gates) suggests that anxiety and depression are a worldwide challenge, contrary to proclamations that they are limited to West. Researchers looked at surveys from 91 countries (over 480, 000 people) and found the following:
Anxiety disorders are more common in Western Countries (even in countries that are involved in some form of conflict)
- Approximately 10% in the West (North America, Western Europe, Australia) / 8% in the Middle East / 6% in Asia
Conversely, depression was most common in certain Asian and Middle Eastern Countries
-Approximately 9% in Asia (India) and Middle Eastern countries (Afghanistan) / 4% in North America, South America, Australia, and East Asian countries (China, Thailand, Indonesia)
- It appears that depression is more likely to crop up in conflict-ridden countries
If depression or anxiety (or both) are taking their toll on your life, reach out for help. There are magnificent resources available to help you make the kind of changes that will lead to a happier and more fulfilling existence. At Resonate Wellness, our motto is Life is to be Enjoyed, not Endured.
Jeff Ross, MA RCC
Jeff is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and sees clients in Vancouver (Yaletown) and North Vancouver, BC, Canada. He supports individuals with such issues as depression, anxiety, stress management, relationship issues, grief and bereavement, career and educational issues as well as growth and development. In addition he also does couples counselling / marriage counselling.
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