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Some melancholic facts about modern life

The disease of the 21st century is depression. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), this most common emotional disorder is now a major public health problem, and will have taken second place (after cardiovascular disease) by 2020 in terms of causing disability and inability to function. Already, five of the top 10 most disabling diseases are psychological disorders. About 27 percent of men and 42 percent of women during their normal 70-year lifespan will undergo a period of depression. In practice, this means that almost every family will have a member who is depressed. In an interview with Kathimerini, Costas Stephanis, a leading professor of psychiatry, said that the causes lie in a fast-changing world which makes people more vulnerable to mental disorders. In an interview with Kathimerini, Costas Stephanis, a leading professor of psychiatry, said that the causes lie in a fast-changing world which makes people more vulnerable to mental disorders.