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Addressing Complex Depression and Anxiety in Low-Income African Countries

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People are nearly three times more likely to suffer from long-term depression if they also have high levels of anxiety, according to a new U.K.-led study of individuals with depression in Zimbabwe.

The findings, published in The Lancet’s EClinicalMedicine journal, are the first of their kind in a low-income country and, according to the researchers, interventions aimed at tackling depression in these countries must consider the implications that this complex combination of anxiety and depression has for the effectiveness of treatments.

Depression is common worldwide with 4.4% of people estimated to be affected at any given point in time. Approximately 5.9% of women in African countries struggle with depression. “In parts of many African

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