January 2002

Depression the leading cause of disability worldwide

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The invisible pain: Depression the leading cause of disability worldwide

Mark was shaky, hadn't slept well in weeks and was talking without that usual "oomph" in his voice. He felt empty, disconnected and alone. It was like his whole world was dark.

Mark was in pain, but not the kind anyone could see. His nights were long, his mornings were tough and his days were spent with doubts, "what-ifs" and "if only's." Nothing much seemed to matter anymore. He wondered what was wrong with him.