New Delhi: Major depression has become a national concern in India as the nation’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, tops the list of states with the highest prevalence of the disease in the nation.
The state is home to a large number of elderly, people with disabilities, and people with mental illness, with an average age of 62 years and an unemployment rate of over 25%.
However, the state’s population of 6.1 million is a lot lower than that of many other states with a population of over 1.2 billion.
The national prevalence of major depression in India is 0.8%, and the state of Uttar Pradesh has the lowest rates of the condition, at 1.1%.
The states with highest rates of major depressive disorder are Maharashtra, Uttar, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Karnataka and Assam.
Major depressive disorder is defined as “a persistent, recurrent pattern of clinically significant distress, with at least two episodes or worsening of the same episode over time, that is characterized by severe mood changes, impaired social functioning and difficulty concentrating”.
The state of Maharashtra has the highest number of patients with major depressive disorders in the world, with 1.7 million people in the state.
However, it is not just states with large numbers of elderly or people with disability that are experiencing a high prevalence of depression in the Indian subcontinent.
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has said that a large majority of states have the highest rate of major mental health disorders, with more than 90% of the states reporting that the state has the most people with a mental health disorder.
The prevalence of depressive disorder in India can vary widely between states, and is not necessarily correlated with age, caste, gender or socio-economic status.
The states where the highest depression rates are reported in India include Bihar, Uttar and Assamese, while in Tamil Nadu, Tamil Nadu is the state with the lowest depression rate.
The highest rates are found in states where social, economic and educational conditions are poor and low-income groups are the most vulnerable.
In Kerala, for example, the prevalence of mental disorders is the highest among states in the region with 1,874.8 cases per 1,000 people, followed by Maharashtra with 1 of 1,711.8.
Maharashtra is followed by Andhra, Karnach, Uttar Chhattisgarh, Odessa and Karnataka.
In India, major depression is often classified into three different types, which are based on the severity of symptoms: mild depression, moderate depression and severe depression.
The symptoms of major and minor depression are not related to age, gender, race, caste or socioeconomic status.
Experts say the symptoms of depression can include fatigue, anxiety, loss of appetite, sleep problems, and lack of concentration.
They say that the major depression syndrome can be treated with cognitive behavioural therapy and medication.
According to the NIMH, there are more than 5.3 million people living with major depression worldwide.