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Time to rethink Mental Health, especially anxiety disorders and depression

The glob­al men­tal health cri­sis could cost the world $16 tril­lion by 2030. With men­tal dis­or­ders on the rise in every coun­try in the world, nowhere is immune.

Poor men­tal health stops employ­ees from reach­ing their full poten­tial and forces them to take more sick days, stunt­ing pro­duc­tiv­i­ty and eco­nom­ic growth. This is also a chal­lenge with soci­ety-wide ram­i­fi­ca­tions. Lone­li­ness and iso­la­tion affect many of the most vul­ner­a­ble among us. Peo­ple with seri­ous con­di­tions such as schiz­o­phre­nia or bipo­lar dis­or­der are espe­cial­ly like­ly to be mar­gin­alised by their com­mu­ni­ties. Those with the most severe con­di­tions pay with their lives, dying pre­ma­ture­ly – as much as two decades before their time.

For­tu­nate­ly, com­ing into Davos this year we are rid­ing a sea change in how the world approach­es men­tal health.

–> Keep read­ing Why this is the year we must take action on men­tal health over at the World Eco­nom­ic Forum blog.

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  1. John Robert says:

    Hi, Thanks for your top-notch arti­cle. Most like­ly, depres­sion is caused by a com­bi­na­tion of genet­ic, bio­log­i­cal, envi­ron­men­tal, and psy­cho­log­i­cal fac­tors, accord­ing to the NIMH. Cer­tain med­ical con­di­tions may also trig­ger depres­sion, includ­ing an under­ac­tive thy­roid gland, can­cer, heart dis­ease, pro­longed pain, and oth­er sig­nif­i­cant ill­ness­es.

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