problematic effects

The effects of depression are unequally felt by different parts of society. Groups with adverse circumstances and the least resources are most and increasingly disproportionately susceptible to such disorders. These groups include: women, especially abused women; people living in extreme poverty, e.g. slum dwellers; people traumatized by violence; migrants, especially refugees and displaced persons; adolescents with disrupted development; and natives in many parts of the world.

Different vulnerable groups may experience similar problematic effects of depression. They are more likely to be unemployed, suffer infringements of their human rights and face discrimination and significant access barriers to the availability of affordable, quality mental healthcare, which further diminish their chances of receiving appropriate medical attention.