Depression is more than a stigmaBy INTER PRESS SERVICEhome/Opinion/Analysis/Depression is more than a stigmaCanberra, Philadelphia and Manchester: Depression is often distinguished from other noncommunicable diseases or NCDs (e.g., cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, hypertension) because of the stigma attached to it. On the demand side, stigma and low mental health literacy by community members are just as emphatically reported as barriers to accessing care. There are strong inter-relationships between them (e.g., between depression and cancer, depression and diabetes, depression and strokes). Although much has been written on the association from NCDs to depression, the research on the reverse association from depression to NCDs remains patchy. This result is also consistent for mental health conditions where poor baseline mental health condition increases the risk of NCDs later.
Source: Manila Times March 21, 2019 16:13 UTC