Researchers at Australia’s University of Queensland have identified Japan has having the least depressed population (with less than 2.5 percent of Japanese being diagnosed with it), while Afghanistan as the most depressed country (where one in five people suffer from depression). For the rest of the world, the Middle East and North Africa have the world’s highest depression rates. Understandably so, because these regions suffer from conflict and a high incidence of diseases like AIDS and malaria. Whereas regions like East Asia, have much lower depression rates, followed by Australia/New Zealand and South East Asia.
Major Depressive Disorder, also known as Clinical Depression, is a mental disorder characterized by low self-esteem, loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities, and a pervasive low mood. It may seem like a simple case of being negative or being ’emo’ about someone’s life, but it actually is a very serious case that needs treatment. Many people lose many productive years in their lives, or even their life itself, due to this disorder.
Find out more about the research’s findings over at the Washington Post.