Depression is an illness that is affecting a significant group of the population. About 15,000 outpatient or external consultations were attended at the Neuroscience Institute of the Junta de Beneficencia of Guayaquil between 2015 and 2019.
Young people and adults are among the patients who attended these medical consultations for depression or associated pathologies.
Depression is a mood disorder in which there are some variables such as apathy and loss of interest in work, feelings of disability, insomnia, anorexia, anxiety and in many cases even suicidal ideas.
Every January 13th is remembered as World Depression Day with activities that try to reduce the consequences of this illness.
One of the usual symptoms is despondency and feelings of unhappiness, which can be temporary or permanent.
According to the Institute of Neurosciences, this pathology has a prevalence of 3% to 5% in the general population, however, only 0.2% consult a psychiatrist.