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Depression ranks within top 10 causes of poor health worldwide Depression ranks within top 10 causes of poor health worldwide

The Global Burden of Disease study indicated mental health and substance use disorders were significant causes of poor health across the world, particularly major depressive disorders.

As part of the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study 2016, researchers analyzed 37 of 50 health-related Sustainable Development Goals indicators from 1990 through 2016 for 188 countries. Based on past trends, researchers projected indicators to 2030.

In 2016, 1.1 billion individuals experienced mental health and substance use disorders worldwide.

Major depressive disorders were within the top 10 causes of poor health in all but four countries.

Since 2006, deaths from firearms, 67,500 from self-harm and 161,000 from assault, increased by 4.3% and 5.7%, respectively.

Tobacco accounted for more than 7.1 million deaths, according to researchers.

To accompany these recent findings, Healio.com/Psychiatry gathered the most recent research on depression and substance use disorders.

Smoking during pregnancy increasing in women with major depression

Smoking during pregnancy significantly increased among women with major depressive episodes, while decreasing among those without, from 2005 to 2014. 

Analysis of four genome-wide association studies indicated shared genetic risk factors contributed to comorbid major depressive disorder and alcohol dependence. 

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