The National Crime Records Bureau says the nation’s rate of depression will triple in the next three decades to nearly 5 per cent in 2020 and 3.2 per cent by 2034, up from 2.9 per cent and 1.9 in 2020, according to data from the agency’s National Monitoring System (NMS).
The NMS shows the country’s average rate of depressive episodes is around 5.5 per 100,000 population, up 3.5 percentage points from 2036.
Depression is the third leading cause of death in the country, behind cancer and heart disease.
The NMS says it is the leading cause in India and accounts for a large part of the nations health problems, accounting for the deaths of more than 1.6 million people every year.
The NBS has been tracking depression rates in India since 2013.
It estimates that the depression rate in the nation stands at 2.4 per cent.
In 2020, India’s national suicide rate is set to rise to nearly 6 per 100 people, up 2 percentage points, from 2020.
In a survey released on Wednesday, the NBS said the depression incidence rate among the aged population is forecast to rise from 3.3 per cent to 4.5 in 2020.
The figure was 5.6 per cent last year.