Depression Will Be Biggest Health Problem In World By 2030 According to World Health Organization (WHO)

BBC News released an article: “Depression looms as global crisis.”


Here are some excerpts:


The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that within 20 years more people will be affected by depression than any other health problem.

According to the WHO, depression will be the biggest health burden on society both economically and sociologically. Yet, it says most developing countries spend less than 2% of their national budgets on mental healthcare.


The warning comes as the first Global Mental Health Summit starts in Athens, Greece.


WHO figures reveal that currently, over 450 million people are directly affected by mental disorders or disabilities, most of whom live in developing countries.


The five-day summit in Athens will provide the opportunity to address what the organizers are calling a crisis in global mental healthcare.


The scientific concept of “burden” is the measure of years lost of life, due to early death or severe disability brought on by a certain illness, in this case depression.



Dr Saxena says depression is much more common than some other diseases that are more widely feared such as HIV-Aids or cancer.


“One could call it a silent epidemic because depression is more often being recognized, but it has been there throughout and is likely to increase in terms of proportion when other diseases are actually going down.”





About half of mental disorders begin before the age of 14.


Around 20% of the world’s children and adolescents are estimated to have mental disorders or problems.


Most low- and middle-income countries have only one child psychiatrist for every 1 to 4 million people.


About 800,000 people commit suicide every year, 86% of them in low- and middle-income countries.


More than half of the people who kill themselves are aged between 15 and 44.

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John Schinnerer, Ph.D.

Guide To Self, Inc.

Danville, CA

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The influence of emotional intelligence & affectivity on emotional labor strategies at work

Here is a great abstract from the Emotional Intelligence Consortium on how EI and emotions influence emotional labor strategies at work. Interestingly, the emotional labor strategies are divided up into

surface acting (e.g., an emotional mask),

the expression of emotion in the moment (e.g., whatever I feel is being expressed right now) and

deep acting (e.g., when the emotions on the mask match those within the body – or authentic emotions).

Deep acting was found to be related to more positive work outcomes.

The authors investigated how affectivity, as measured by the Positive and Negative Affectivity Scales (PANAS) and EI, as measured by the Wong and Law EI Scale, influence the use of emotional labor strategies at work among 486 Chinese employees. Emotional labor strategies were measured by the Emotional Labor Scale which consists of seven items that measure surface acting (e.g., “I put on an act in order to deal with customers in an appropriate way,” “I fake a good mood when interacting with customers”), four items on deep acting (e.g., “I try to actually experience the emotion that must be shown to customers,” “I work hard to feel the emotion that I need to show to customers”), and three items on the expression of naturally felt emotion (e.g., “The emotion that I express to customers is genuine”). The results revealed that Regulation of Emotion was a particularly important EI dimension in influencing the use of deep acting. The use of deep acting is preferred as it is often found to relate to positive job outcomes. According to the authors, organizations should implement strategies, including personnel selection or training, to ensure that employees possess this core emotional competency.

Cheung, F.Y., & Tang, C.S. (2009). The influence of emotional intelligence and affectivity on emotional labor strategies at work. Journal of Individual Differences, 30(2), 75-86.

All the best,
John Schinnerer, PhD