Israel releases stats for World Anxiety and Depression Awareness Month


Like the rest of the world, 14% of Israel's population suffers from clinical depression. Many never seek treatment or advice, afraid of stigma and possible addiction to the drugs prescribed to help. This comes to light during November, the World Anxiety and Depression Awareness Month.

Clinical depression can be treated successfully

Clinical depression responds well to treatment and can be successfully treated with medication and talk therapy. It is the most common mental health condition in the world. In Israel, treatment is easy to get since physicians as well as psychiatrists and other mental health professionals are able to treat patients as part of the basket of health services.

Depression may take over as costliest health condition

More women than men usually suffer from the challenges of clinical depression. In Israel, a quarter of the women and one-eighth of men have reported at least one episode of depression in their lives. As many as 5% of teenagers also suffer from depression.

The World Health Organization estimates that by 2020, clinical depression will take over as the most serious health condition ranking before heart attacks based on cost of lost work and treatment.

Genetic as well as environmental factors contribute

It is unclear why some people are most susceptible to depression while others easily handle stress. It is clear that there are genetic factors, biological and emotional. Low self-esteem and extreme pessimism can also play a role. Life experience certainly plays a significant part.

Characteristics of depression are varied

Clinical depression is characterized by feelings of sadness, emptiness, pessimism, self-blame, helplessness, a lack of self-value, sleep problems, lack of appetite, headaches, weight loss and a desire to be alone. Because of the depressed state of mind, people often have a hard time recognizing their own debilitation.

Source: The Jerusalem Post


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