The illness is devastating not only to sufferers. Depression and its stigma leave strife in their wake, paralyzing families.
And, work days lost to depression have a larger adverse impact on local and regional commerce in developing countries. So in Africa, whole communities are at risk.
The problem trickles down to the next generation. Children of mothers with depression fare worse on several fronts than those whose mothers are free of mental illness. They have poorer overall health as well as lower school attendance and achievement during their primary years. They are also at increased risk of depression themselves as they approach adolescence and beyond.