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As Depression gets Sociable

by The Anti Depression Team on

The treatment for problems that depression causes is expensive; therefore, depression services are globally underfunded, and thus often poorly developed, especially in developing countries. Approximately 28% of countries lack a separate depression budget. For countries with separate depression budgets, more than one-third (62% of developing countries; 16% of developed countries) spend less than 1% of their total health budgets on depression.

Therefore, a considerable controversy forms between the depression rates and resources dedicated to it. Now, effectual interventions for many depressions are available and successfully managing depressions is possible. Yet, because the reasons behind the problems that depression causes are often ill analysed, funding of depression treatments is insufficient and only a small percentage of people in need receive them.

The problems depressions cause should then be taken into account in health policies and plans. Equality in allocation of funds should be predominantly present between physical and mental disorders.
Impartiality in the distribution of resources, facilities and professionals, within the depression sector and countries’ rural and urban areas is needed. For example, one-quarter of countries are inaccessible to basic psychiatric medications at the primary care level and 37% lack community-based depression facilities. For 70% of the world, every 100 000 people have access to only 1 psychiatrist, thus leaving the needs of groups vulnerable to depression-causes (e.g. women, indigenous ethnic minorities and victims of abuse and trauma) neglected.