When people think of debilitating chronic illnesses, heart disease or diabetes will normally spring to mind. But did you know that depression will overtake heart disease as the number-one leading cause of disability by 2020.
Scientists believe depression is caused by a combination of biological, genetic, psychological and environmental factors. In countries like the UAE with a large expat population, the psychological and environmental factors are particularly significant. The lack of a typical family support system as well as financial pressures can exacerbate an existing mood disorder.