Leading Causes of Global YLDs: Individual Diseases/Disorders

  • What are YLDs?
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) data below show the top ten leading diseases/disorders contributing to global YLDs.
  • Major depressive disorder is the second leading cause of global YLDs, following only lower back pain.
    • Major depressive disorder is the leading cause of global YLDs in females and the second leading cause in males.
  • Anxiety disorders are the seventh leading cause of global YLDs.
    • Anxiety disorders are the sixth leading cause of global YLDs in females and the eleventh leading cause in males.
    • Anxiety disorders are the sixth leading cause of YLDs in low- and middle-income countries.

Top 10 Individual Diseases/Disorders Contributing to Global YLDs (2010)

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Baxter AJ et al. The global burden of anxiety disorders in 2010. Psychol Med, 22: 1-12, 2014.

Vos T et al. Years lived with disability (YLDs) for 1160 sequelae of 289 diseases and injuries 1990-2010: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. Lancet, 380(9859): 2163-96, 2012.