Women suffer more from chronic depression in the EU member states than men, according to new data released by Eurostat for World Mental Health Day.
The proportion of women experiencing depression peaked in Portugal with 17.2% while the percentage of men that reported having the illness was highest in Ireland with 10.8%.
Romania reported having the lowest share of women (2%) and men (1%) with chronic depression.
When looking at the total population, Western European countries reported the highest shares of people suffering from depression. Ireland has the highest share (12%) followed by Portugal, Germany, and Finland.
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Eastern European countries had the lowest shares of people reporting depression. The Czech Republic, Bulgaria, and Romania all had less than 4%. Slovenia’s population is the one that reportedly suffers the most from depression in that region.
7% of EU population report having chronic depression