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Global Survey Examines Impact of Depression

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Science  07 Apr 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5463, pp. 39-40
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5463.39

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A new World Health Organization (WHO) study seeks to verify recent findings on the social and economic burden of mental health conditions worldwide using standardized instruments, translated in a manner that is culturally valid for each location. Launched last month, this massive, in-depth survey of mental health conditions around the globe will focus on depression, which WHO expects to be the second leading cause of disability after heart disease by 2020.