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15 Unhappiest, Most Depressing and Saddest Countries in the World

We can’t avoid the fact that the unhappiest, most depressing and saddest countries in the world are a real thing and there are a lot of factors contributing to this unfortunate state.

Depression is something that no one can ignore, but most people are afraid to get help. It is a severe medical illness that may lead to suicide. Depression is common, and fortunately, it is treatable. It is a mix of emotional and physical problems that lower the ability of a person to function in their normal lives. Even people as young as teens can suffer from it especially when experiencing trauma or bullying. From sadness to weight loss or gain, to socialization and sleep, many things are influenced by depression. An evaluation with a health professional should be done before a diagnosis or treatment, to make sure that the depression is not due to other medical conditions. The health professional will evaluate factors like family history, culture, and environment to finalize a diagnosis. Various depression treatment includes medication, Psychotherapy, and Electroconvulsive Therapy or ECT. Antidepressants are prescribed in medication, while Psychotherapy is a talk therapy which is used for mild depression. For moderate to severe depression, psychotherapy, along with antidepressants, is necessary. ECT is when the patient is non-responsive to other treatments and for patients with severe major depression.

15 Unhappiest, Most Depressing and Saddest Countries in the World

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It is unavoidable to feel sad knowing that there are countries where a number of people are not so happy, and there is a high rate of depression. On the other hand, there are also the happiest countries where among the factors that are evaluated are life expectancy and GDP per capita to mention. As far as the happiest countries in the world peaking at the number 1 spot is Norway, followed by Denmark. Norway and Denmark which have the highest evaluated rate regarding a healthy balance prosperity and social trust, which is a big reason as to why Norway is the happiest country in the world. The Central African Republic is at the bottom of the list which we can consider as the saddest country in the world. However, in 2015, the country was on the last spot of the 11 Saddest Countries in the World. There are the extremely depressed countries and the least depressed countries in the world. A kind action can help save a friend against depression. Even a small one can go a long way.

On this list, don’t be surprised to if you find some of the top 25 richest, healthiest, and most advanced countries in the world. As we know, money doesn’t buy happiness. Some nations on our list are successful in some factors, yet they have the highest counts of depression. We got the countries on this list, from the WHO World Health Estimates on Depression and Other Common Mental Disorders. Obviously, we took those with the most significant number of estimated people affected by depression, since being depressed is also a feeling of sadness and their rank on the World Happiness Report 2017. The unique ranking of averaging these results, we applied to our list is sourced from these studies.

Let’s take a look at the 15 unhappiest, most depressing and saddest countries in the world.