Survey finds the United States is one of the most depressed countries in the world

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The U.S. is one of the most depressed countries in the world, according to the World Health Organization.

In terms of quality years of life lost due to disability or death – a widely adopted public health metric that measures the overall burden of disease – the U.S. ranked third for unipolar depressive disorders, just after India and China.

[Read about the challenges in collecting disability data.]

See the top 10 most depressed countries in the gallery below:

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10. Iran

A sea of pedestrian bridges, concrete buildings, wallpapers, banners and traffic along Azadi street of central Tehran, as seen in the closeup of an aerial view from Azadi tower, collecting densities of the Iranian capital.

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9. Nigeria

As seen from a plane, the aerial view of Lagos, Nigeria looks like a patchwork quilt of colored roofs, sand, grass and streets.

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8. Bangladesh

The sun is setting over the smoggy city Dhaka

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7. Pakistan

Lahore is the capital of the Pakistani province of Punjab and the second largest city in Pakistan after Karachi with a population of some 7 million people.

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6. Russia

Morning over the Moscow Kremlin in the sun

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5. Brazil

A view from Santa Teresa in the hills of Rio de Janeiro as The iconic Cristo Redentor, Christ the Redeemer statue appears out of the clouds while lit up at night time atop the mountain Corcovado. In the foreground is the Favela Morro da Coroa. 

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4. Indonesia

Panorama of Jakarta Skyline with blue sky and no traffic. BNI46 Building from left to right

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3. United States of America

Crowd of Times Square in a rainy night, New York, USA

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2. China

Crowd of people along The Bund in Shanghai

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1. India

Local indian people shoping at street market, Mumbai, India.

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India, China and the U.S. are also the countries most affected by anxiety, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, according to WHO.

About one in five adults in the U.S. experiences some form of mental illness each year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, but only 41 percent of those affected received mental health care or services in the past year.

In August, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton released a plan to reform the mental health system in the U.S., a favorable step for advocates who have cited issues such as an insufficient number of providers and the expensive costs of medication.

Closing the gap between mental health patients and providers is a global issue.

"In 2014, 45 percent of the world's population lived in a country where there was less than one psychiatrist to serve 100,000 people," according to WHO.

Asia has an especially low concentration of psychiatrists, despite, or perhaps the cause of the region's high overall burden of mental illness. Europe has the highest, led by Monaco, Norway, Belgium and the Netherlands, each with between 20 and 40 psychiatrists per 100,000 people. The U.S. and Canada have about 13 psychiatrists per 100,000 people, according to WHO.

Here are the countries with the greatest burden of disease for mental and behavioral disorders, in terms of most years of life lost due to disability or death adjusted for population size, according to WHO:

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Countries with the greatest burden of disease for mental and behavioral disorders: WHO

10. Germany

City center of Munich, Germany

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9. Nigeria

As seen from a plane, the aerial view of Lagos, Nigeria looks like a patchwork quilt of colored roofs, sand, grass and streets.

(Photo via Getty)

8. Bangladesh

The sun is setting over the smoggy city Dhaka

(Photo via Getty)

7. Pakistan

Lahore is the capital of the Pakistani province of Punjab and the second largest city in Pakistan after Karachi with a population of some 7 million people.

(Photo via Getty)

6. Indonesia

Panorama of Jakarta Skyline with blue sky and no traffic. BNI46 Building from left to right

(Photo via Getty)

5. Brazil

A view from Santa Teresa in the hills of Rio de Janeiro as The iconic Cristo Redentor, Christ the Redeemer statue appears out of the clouds while lit up at night time atop the mountain Corcovado. In the foreground is the Favela Morro da Coroa. 

(Photo via Getty)

4. Russia

Morning over the Moscow Kremlin in the sun

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3. United States of America

Crowd of Times Square in a rainy night, New York, USA

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2. India

Local indian people shoping at street market, Mumbai, India.

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1. China

Crowd of people along The Bund in Shanghai

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