Depression is highly prevalent, heterogenous, and comorbid with multiple chronic physical conditions and remains the leading cause of disability worldwide.1 Research and public health efforts have furthered our understanding of the cause of depression and its treatment while increasing community awareness. However, global estimates suggest that the prevalence of depression may nevertheless be on the rise.1 Increased awareness, subsequent diagnosis, and inadequate reach of effective therapies are potential contributors to this rise, although changing risk factors may play a role. These risk factors for depression are complex and diverse, spanning multiple individual, family, environmental, social, and other domains.
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Hoare E, Callaly E, Berk M. Can Depression Be Prevented? If So, How? JAMA Psychiatry. Published online June 24, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2020.1273
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