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Friday, February 24, 2012

Depression a Growing Concern in Korea

A total of 2.71 million Koreans suffer from depression or similar mental illnesses during their lifetime. Over the past year, 1.3 million suffered from the psychological disease, and three out of every 100 people in the country attempted suicide.

Another 2.45 million people reported experiencing panic attacks and other anxiety disorders.

Experts say a complex set of factors are responsible for the surging rate of mental illness in Korea. The country's rapid economic growth led to various social problems, such as a widening gap between rich and poor, creating feelings of frustration among those who feel less happy based on their financial assets.

Intense competition in the job market, a growing divorce rate, an aging population and people's lack of financial readiness for retirement are also ramping up levels of depression and anxiety.

The results of a study on 6,022 adults released last week by the Ministry of Health and Welfare showed that 16 percent of the respondents said they experienced some form of mental illness over the past year. Read More