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India to become #1 suicide capital of the world; depression main cause

October 10th is World Mental Health Day and depression is one of the most common problems affecting the mental health of youngsters these days. Depression in youngsters is fast becoming a matter of concern because the problem doesn’t just stay. It gives rise to other more dangerous problems like suicide.

India is on the verge of becoming the suicide capital of the world with over 90 percent of deaths caused due to various types of depression including bipolar depressive disorder, doctors said on Thursday. The doctors also said that in the last few decades, the number of suicides have tripled and has been the highest in the age group of 15-24 years.

‘It has been found that about 40 percent suicides among males and 56 percent of suicides in females are in the age group of 15-24 years and the leading cause is depression, which is the biggest form of mental disorder,’ said Atmesh Kumar, consultant of mental health at city-based Saroj Hospital.

Kumar said that due to the ignorance, depression not only affects the mental health but also the depicts various bodily symptoms like muscle pain, fatigue and head ache. ‘Almost 90 percent of suicide victims suffer from some psychiatric disorder and the majority are due to depression.

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