Depression in People With Disabilities

Depression in People With Disabilities

Depression in people with disabilities is a growing health concern. It affects 350 million people worldwide. According to a World Mental Health Survey of 17 countries, it was found that one in every 20 person has experienced depression. Depression in people with disabilities is more common than people with no disabilities.

Woman are more likely to have higher depression scores than men. Disability is a risk factor for depression. Woman showed more depressive symptoms than men. The gender difference in the disability group and culture needs more study.

People with physical disabilities expoerience many risk factors for depression, such as:

  • stereotypic and personal attitudes
  • abuse
  • loss of identitiy
  • poverty
  • barriers in employment
  • no education
  • low health
  • poor physical function

When a disability is due to an accident or illness and is aquired later in life, it can come as a massive shock. The newly disabled person would have to learn a new way of life.

Phases of grief are:

  • shock
  • anxiety
  • denial
  • depression
  • anger
  • rage
  • acceptance
  • adjustment

Discrimination is a killer

When a person feels discriminated against because they have a disability, this can and will cause isolation and depression. Young people with disabilities are often discriminated against and suffer bullying.

At Action, we support people with disabilities when it comes to mental health by empowering them through computer skills and pottery. These people deserve to be able to be a part of society and contribute to our economy.

 For more information about training that we offer, please contact Elsie Botha on 011 763 3366 or and Stephen Bergers on 011 763 2429 or