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Clinical Depression Is Pervasive Worldwide

Clinical depression is extremely common around the world, with an estimated 350 million cases reported by the World Health Organization. People of all ages suffer from depression, which is a leading cause of disability. The mental disorder, says the WHO, is linked to about 1 million deaths every year from suicide or some other cause, such as substance abuse. There are effective treatments for depression. But some, like lithium, carry significant and even dangerous side effects. So...

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