Today we are going to talk about a hidden disability covered under the RPWD act, something which cannot be seen, but can wreak havoc in the lives of people experiencing it. We are going to talk about clinical depression.

Depression ranges in seriousness from mild, temporary episodes of sadness to severe, persistent depression. Clinical depression is the more-severe form of depression, also known as major depression or major depressive disorder. It isn’t the same as depression caused by a loss, such as the death of a loved one, or a medical condition, such as a thyroid disorder.

WHO also estimates that about 7.5 per cent Indians suffer from some mental disorder and predicted that by end 2020 roughly 20 per cent of India will suffer from mental illnesses. According to the numbers, 56 million Indians suffer from depression and another 38 million Indians suffer from anxiety disorders.

WHO also estimates that, in India, the economic loss, due to mental health conditions, between 2012-2030, is 1.03 trillions of 2010 dollars.

It therefore becomes imperative that we understand this issue deeply, and collectively help individuals dealing with Clinical depression overcome it and lead meaningful lives.

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