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Depression is a common mental disorder and one of the main causes of disability worldwide. Globally, about 400 million people of all ages suffer from depression. More women are affected than men.

Depression is characterized by sadness, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or
appetite, tiredness, and poor concentration. Sufferers may also have multiple

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Prevention programmes have been shown to reduce depression,
both for children (e.g. through protection and psychological support
following physical and sexual abuse) and adults (e.g. through
psychosocial assistance after disasters and conflicts).

There are also effective treatments. Mild to moderate
depression can be effectively treated with talking therapies, such as

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