Depression: A major public health problem facing the Caribbean.

  title={Depression: A major public health problem facing the Caribbean.},
  author={Wendel Dwight Abel and Roger C Gibson and Frederick William Hickling},
  journal={The West Indian medical journal},
  volume={54 6},
Epidemiological studies indicate that depression is a common disorder worldwide (1, 2). Estimates of the lifetime prevalence for this disorder range from 5–17% of the population in the USA (3–4). However a MEDLINE trawl of two hundred and seventy-five publications on mental health issues in Caribbean people revealed a paucity of written material on depression in the region. In the Global Burden of Disease Report, it is estimated that depression was the fourth leading cause of burden among all… CONTINUE READING


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