Date
23 October 2017
Many people in Hong Kong suffer from depression, which is a sickness highlighted by the apparent suicide of actor Robin Williams (inset). Photo: psychcentral.com, disney.wikia.com
Many people in Hong Kong suffer from depression, which is a sickness highlighted by the apparent suicide of actor Robin Williams (inset). Photo: psychcentral.com, disney.wikia.com

Depression a silent killer, psychiatrists warn

One in four people suffers from slight to moderate depression and 5 to 10 percent of people in Hong Kong are severely depressed, a psychiatrist has warned.

The sufferers normally do not notice any symptoms but 15 percent of them could end up terminating their own life, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Wednesday, citing Tsang Fan-kwong.

Concerns over depression struck across the world after Hollywood comedian Robin Williams was found dead in an apparent suicide.

In the United States, 34,000 people die from suicides each year. On average, one person dies every 15 minutes, the report said.

The World Health Organization said depression would become the top killer by 2030 with a rate higher than death from cancer, stroke, war and accidents.

Lee Sing, a professor at the department of psychiatry in the Chinese University of Hong Kong, warned that 20 percent of people suffering from severe depression would end their life.

Stress is a common trigger of depression, Lee said. It is inherited but social and economic issues may exacerbate the situation.

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