Depression on the rise as Malaysians burn out from stress, expert warns

Posted on March 24, 2016

Research done by the association on the prevalence of depression among Malaysians showed a 50 per cent increase in depressed patients from 2011 to 2015.

The National Health and Morbidity Survey last year indicated 29 per cent of Malaysians had depression and anxiety disorder compared to 12 per cent in 2011.

“The increasing statistics is extremely alarming as it is equivalent to one third of the population,” she said.

Dr Zuraida also warned burnout was a condition that should not be taken lightly as it could lead to depression.

“More often, people ignore their mental conditions as they blame it on stress. Burnout will eventually make an individual feel emotional due to the overwhelming stress,” she said.

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Category(s):Mental Health in Asia, Stress Management

Source material from The Malay Mail Online

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