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Monday, November 1, 1999 Published at 15:37 GMT


Health

Tackling the depression epidemic



Depression will be the second leading cause of death by 2020, predicts the World Health Organization. Many blame increasing job and relationship insecurity for the rise in mental illness. BBC News Online reports on a London conference which looked at how to tackle the problem.
Experts to tackle depression deluge
International experts have been meeting in London to find ways of reducing the health impact of depression.

Depression defeating the medics
Less than half of all cases of depression are picked up by GPs - despite the fact that the condition is set to become the second leading cause of death world-wide by 2020..


Call for action over Third World depression
Health experts should take urgent action to press for better treatment of depression in the developing world, where mental health accounts for less than 1% of most countries' health budgets.


Doctors urged not to reveal mental illness
Doctors should consider refusing to answer questions from insurance companies about a patient's mental illness because they can be used in a discriminatory way, according to a leading GP.


Firms accused of hiding stress costs
Companies are disguising the cost of stress at work, according to a health expert.






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