Demographics of Depression

Percentages of people who have experienced or will experience depression at some point in their lives:

High-income:        Low- and middle-income:
    • Japan: 6.6 percent
    • Germany: 9.9 percent
    • Italy: 9.9 percent
    • Israel: 10.2 percent
    • Spain: 10.6 percent
    • Belgium: 14.1 percent
    • New Zealand: 17.8 percent
    • Netherlands: 17.9 percent
    • United States: 19.2 percent
    • France: 21 percent
    • China: 6.5 percent
    • Mexico: 8 percent
    • India: 9 percent
    • South Africa: 9.8 percent
    • Lebanon: 10.9 percent
    • Colombia: 13.3 percent
    • Ukraine: 14.6 percent
    • Brazil: 18.4 percent

(Brazil and France are known for ‘less work, more leisure’ attitude very unlike China and Japan. Unconvinced? Compare France to its neighbor Germany, a country known for its work culture. aaram haraam hai…? )

Women are from where?

One factor that held true across countries was the gender ratio of depression. No matter the nationality, women were twice as likely as men to have experienced depression.

Marriage to the rescue?

Marital status was linked to depression in both low- and high-income countries, with people in high-income countries more likely to be depressed if they were separated or never married, and people in low-income countries more likely to be depressed if they were divorced or widowed.

Source: Live Science: US and France More Depressed Than Poor Countries

(How could they not study sunshine intensity as a factor? We all tend to be gloomy on cloudy days).


And now this: Men are Happier at Work Than Women, Survey Finds


Written by maald

September 19, 2011 at 2:36 am

Posted in Society

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  1. More ambitious and more materialistic people have more chances of depression.


    September 19, 2011 at 3:55 am

  2. Hey !

    India figures nowhere ???? Thats a bit surprising in some ways … considering certain oppressions women face .. thought that would invariably lead to depression !!


    October 6, 2011 at 2:52 am

    • India is the third from top in the right column. RK Narayan of Malgudi fame once wrote: “despite all its material deficiencies, life in India is strengthening”. He should know as he used to split his time between India and USA.


      October 6, 2011 at 4:04 am

      • noi .. i meant on the statistics on women …
        saw it in the RH column …


        December 3, 2011 at 3:12 am

  3. Had read ur post on Sanskrit a long time ago .. surprised I didn’t comment.

    I think it’s wonderful … given a chance, I’d go and learn … I’d try and revive the language … Real good effort


    October 6, 2011 at 2:53 am

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