Thursday, February 14, 2013
The field of mental disorder epidemiology (in its modern form) is a few decades old now, and is beginning to move in increasingly sophisticated directions. One of these is the idea of forecasting the burden of mental disorders, as this will unfold in upcoming decades. A sophisticated effort at accomplishing this was recent carried out in Canada, with support of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. With respect to major ("clinical") depression the finding was that the burden of this condition will increase. This is not due to increasing risk of becoming depressed, but rather due to population growth. The Commission has now posted this report - so that the results are accessible to everyone. A link to the report, and associated materials (which includes a brief summary) may be found here.