London: Indians are the world`s most
depressed people with nearly 36 per cent suffering from Major Depressive Episode (MDE), the cluster of symptoms of
depression, according to a WHO-sponsored study.
The study found that people living in wealthier
nations like Netherlands, France and the US were less happy
and more depressed than those in poorer ones.
Netherlands with an average 33.6 per cent cases of MDE
came second while France and US were placed on third and
fourth positions with 32.3 per cent and 30.9 per cent cases
In India, around 9 per cent of people reported having
an extended period of depression within their lifetime and
nearly 36 per cent suffered from MDE.
The average age of depression in India is 31.9 years
compared to 18.8 years in China, and 22.7 years in the US.
The study, published in the BMC Medicine journal, is
based on interviews of more than 89,000 people in 18 different
One in seven people (15 per cent) in high-income
countries is likely to get depression over their lifetime,
compared with one in nine (11 per cent) in middle- and
low-income countries, the study says.
MDE is characterised by sadness, loss of interest or
pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep
or appetite, low energy and poor concentration, besides