Depression? Let’s Talk!
With 30 crore patients, depression is now the number one reason for ill health around the world!
According to the WHO, depression has overtaken lower respiratory disease as the biggest global health problem with an increase of more than 18% in depression cases between 2006 and 2015.
About 1 in 20 Indians suffer from Depression and it is therefore important to understand the condition and remove prejudice towards those who suffer from it.
What is Depression?
Depression is a common but a serious mood disorder. Feeling low at times due to a specific reason is normal but feeling low and sad for longer periods of time and without any reason is abnormal and that shows a person in depressed.
How do you experience Depression?
The way one experiences depression differs from the other. One describes it as a state of worthlessness whereas others feel their life is empty, no hopes to survive; another group of people who expresses their depression in the form of anger.
What causes Depression?
Causes for Depression vary from person to person and it is rare for independent factors to be the sole cause.
It is usually a set of recent and remote events that causes one to be depressed. The most common broad category of causes for depression include –
- Life Events – Major changes in life or new life events usually causes depression. Example – uncaring relationships, long term unemployment, detachment from parents, long term loneliness and so on
- Personal Factors – Including –
- Family history of depression
- Personality – A person who worries is at higher risk
- Serious medical illness
- Drug and alcohol use
What are the warning signs or symptoms of Depression?
- Persistent sad or anxious mood
- Feeling of hopelessness
- Loss of interest in activities which you liked the most earlier
- Feeling guilty
- Decreased sleep
- Decreased appetite
- Decreased concentration abilities
- Suicidal thoughts and attempts
- Unexplained aches and pains
- Easily irritable
- Decreased energy
How is Depression treated?
Medications, cognitive therapies form the major treatment options. But personal insight, help from family and friends can go a long way.
- Talk as much as possible – speak out your heart
- Be active and alert
- Set realistic goals in life
- Spend more time with people or friends you confide in
- Educate yourself more about depression
Depression – Let’s Talk!
With the rise in cases of depression, the WHO has declared ‘Depression – Let’s Talk’ as the theme for the World Health Day 2017
Depression is one of the leading causes for suicidal death but is easily treatable and preventable.
Take this opportunity to talk about depression, help your near and dear ones to be more than well.
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