“Indians are depressed a lot ” and like claims are mis – interpretations by journalists of the actual analysis in the article; Oops article is saying in reverse Indian samples are representing the happiest among all , check it self now!

“Indians are depressed a lot ” and like claims are mis – interpretations by the journalists of the actual analysis in the article; Oops its saying in reverse of all claims that Indian samples are representing the happiest among all , check it self now!!!

  1. The article “Cross-national epidemiology of DSM-IV major depressive episode
    BMC Medicine 2011, 9:90″ is no where making a claim that Indians are the most depressed neither the article is claiming that its representing for whole Indian population . As per information provided under ” Sampling and procedure” of the article samples are taken from Pondichery only and Pondichery is never representing whole Indian population on any basis. Again in the part of discussion of the article an effect of economic status or village/ urban population on the result is well accepted and analysed with distinction .
  2. As per result of the article  for Indian samples ( Table- 2), India is having the lowest response percentage in screening ( 25.0 ± 0.9 ) with  comparatively low life time prevalence ( 9.0 ± 0.5 ) but among screened positive Indian samples  shown the highest percentage of MDI for life time (35.9 ± 1.5) and  comparatively low percentage for 12 month prevalence (4.5 ± 0.4) . Again India ranked almost the lowest for all categories except for a few categories where few countries have lower percentage than India ( Table- 3) for functional impairment due to MDI ( for past 30 days 2.3 ± 0.5 for 71 samples , for past 12 months 3.2 ± 0.8 for 83 samples and for more than 12 months 1.5 ± 0.4 for 153 samples, and no life time MDI 1.0 ± 0.1 for 1066 samples )
  3. So reports claimed by journalists are  not more than a mis-understanding of the analysis that India is ranked at top for depression  where they considered a high percentage of life time  MDI among positive screened samples ( 35.9 ± 1.5)  as the conclusive data for Indians . As per our interpretation of the article such high percentage is due to the little awareness of the people in  less developed countries for psyche related problems and their management and some patients actually never seek any treatment for these so chronic cases may be reported from India with a higher percentage among screened positive samples. But in accordance of the article India is among the lowest ranked for the researched problem. Reporters even had to care for an earth and sky difference between  symptoms  like depression and a well manifested and aggravated  problem of psyche like Major Depressive Illness although as per this study Indians have almost the lowest percentage among screened positive for depression and/or similar symptoms. We are not putting any blame on investigators as they informed for each thing in the article and considering this mis- presentation of the actual analysis on the part of the journalists who couldn’t make out the actual sense of the article due to  their natural ignorance of the concerned matter but some reports are in line with our explanation of the facts even and we are presenting below one of them .      ( Check the original article @ http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1741-7015-9-90.pdf ; Tables are placed in the last after bibliography)- A public review of the original article by The Human Rescue Research Repertory
And a few reported it true; check one of them

France, U.S. Have Highest Depression Rates in World, Study Suggests

By Oliver Renick – Jul 25, 2011

More people reported being depressed in France and the U.S. than anywhere in the world, according to interviews of more than 89,000 people in 18 different countries.

The study, sponsored by the World Health Organization, found that 21 percent of people in France and 19.2 percent of people in the U.S. reported having an extended period of depression within their lifetime. On average, 15 percent of people in high-income countries reported having an episode, compared with 11 percent in low-income countries, according to the study, published July 25 in the journal BMC Medicine.

Depression affects nearly 121 million people worldwide and is the second leading contributor to shorter lifespan and poor health for individuals 15-44 years of age, according to the Geneva-based WHO. The higher percentage of depression reported by people in wealthier countries may reflect differences in societal expectations for a good life, said study co-author Ronald Kessler.

“There are a lot of people in the U.S. who say they aren’t satisfied with their lives,” Kessler, a professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School in BostonMassachusetts, said in an interview. “U.S. expectations know no bounds and people in other countries are just happy to have a meal on the table.”

The disease is the third-largest contributor to lowered productivity in the workplace, Kessler said.

Depression Differences

Researchers took into account both clinical depression, a biological condition that leads to low self-esteem and loss of interest in otherwise enjoyable activities, and types of mild depression, which can be situational or caused by environmental influences. The latter was likely the cause of higher rates in the U.S. and France, Kessler said.

“There’s no change in biological depression, but what’s going up is the more mild depression,” Kessler said. “Objective things haven’t changed. We have an expectation that everything’s going to turn out perfect but it doesn’t.”

Scientists from twenty different institutions worldwide worked with the WHO’s World Mental Health Survey Initiative, obtaining data by interviewing 89,037 people in 18 different countries from 2000 to 2005. Trained interviewers spoke with respondents in person or over the phone about traumatic events in that person’s life, substance abuse, relationships, happiness, and other factors that could influence mental health.

The report also found that women were twice as likely to experience depression, and the strongest link to depression was separation or divorce from a partner.

“Most people that come out of medical school or residencies do not learn about depression, so they don’t know how to recognize it,” said lead researcher Evelyn Bromet, a professor and epidemiologist at Stony Brook University Medical Center in Stony Brook, New York.

To contact the reporter on this story: Oliver Renick in New York at orenick@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Reg Gale at rgale5@bloomberg.net.

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