Depression in Europe: facts and figures

  • Each year, 25% of the population suffer from depression or anxiety.
  • Neuropsychiatric disorders account for 19.5% of the burden of disease in the European Region, and 26% in European Union (EU) countries.
  • These disorders account for up to 40% of years lived with disability, with depression as the main cause.
  • Up to 50% of chronic sick leaves are due to depression/anxiety.
  • About 50% of major depressions are untreated.
  • The cost of mood disorders and anxiety in the EU is about €170 billion per year.