Tackling depression as a major medical disorder will not be easy. In Asia, for example, there is tremendous reluctance on the part of patients to admit any form of mental or emotional problems. Patients in India, China and other Asian countries prefer to describe physical symptoms such as a "heavy chest" or "weakness of nerves" rather than admitting sadness or despair. Even so there is no doubt that depression is prevalent in Asia, especially among women. Young girls and elderly women are much more likely to commit suicide in China than in the West.
2. Severe depression is as life threatening as any other terminal medical condition. With a wider circulation of information and a greater understanding of depression as an illness, many lives could be saved.