Gone global: International audit tracks global spread of depression

Financial Post

Now it’s official. The brain-based disorder called depression has gone global, growing progressively through the 20th century and into the 21st.

If depression was a country, it would be among the world’s 10 most populous.

Now, an international audit of depression in the workplace shows that the prevalence, pain and economic cost of depression are wrapped right around the globe.

Demonstrably, depression is taking dead aim on the productive capacity of the global economy itself.

The audit — called IDEA — is sampling the experience of employees and managers in Europe, North America, South America, Asia, Australia and Africa. Its outcomes inform the TARGET Depression campaign that I chair in Europe and the proposed International Business + Science Partnership International Business + Science Partnership for Brain Heath in the Brain Economy.

IDEA was commissioned by the European Depression Association, carried out by Ipsos MORI and funded by global pharmaceutical company…

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