Global Burden of Disease Study: Depression second leading cause of disability

From fourth to second in two decades. Major depressive disorder (MDD) is now the second leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the latest Global Burden of Disease study, reports Medscape.

The burden of depressive disorders was higher for women, and the greatest number of years living with a disability occurred among adults of working age. MDD is also a significant contributor to the global burden of suicide and heart disease.

The upshot: Treating depressive disorders and the identification and implementation of cost-effective interventions should be a public health priority.  

The latest data from the Global Burden Disease study were published online on November 5 in PLoS Medicine.