World Health Day 2017 – Depression: Let’s Talk

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Every year, the World Health Day is celebrated on the 7th of April to mark the establishment of the WHO, an organization that has taken innumerable efforts and measures to tackle different kinds of diseases and mental disorders that are taking a toll on innumerable lives throughout the world.

The theme for this year is one that is becoming more and more common day-by-day, yet the victims have been afraid to come clean about it and choose to suffer silently and even when they do disclose their secret to their trusted ones, it is all brushed under the carpet. You must have guessed it by now, and the theme is depression.

What is depression?

World Health Day 2017

It is okay to feel sad and lonely once in awhile. However, when it becomes a persistent mood that effects your ability to maintain relationships, jobs and even a healthy life, then it becomes a serious disorder. Depression is one of the most common mental disorders today that effects people of all ages, especially the youth aged between 15 and 29.

Signs and symptoms of depression:

It is not easy to detect if someone whom you love has depression, in fact, you could be depressed for a while now, and it wouldn’t even hit you that you need to be treated for it. So here are some of the symptoms that you need to look out for. Of course, just observing these symptoms happening once doesn’t translate into depression, but if commonly repeated, then it could point out to it.

Behavioural symptoms:

  • Avoiding stepping out.
  • Not socializing with friends and family members.
  • Not being able to concentrate.
  • Not enjoying the activities that you once loved.

Feelings:

  • Disappointed
  • Feeling like a failure
  • Lonely
  • Guilty
  • Unhappy
  • Easily irritated
  • Sad

Physical symptoms:

  • Feeling tired all the time
  • Not being able to sleep well
  • Frequent complaints of body aches
  • Dramatic changes in weight and appetite

Be it, someone, you love, or even yourself, if you see the above symptoms becoming a daily habit, then that person (or even you) might need some help. Most of the times, people suffering from depression have no idea about what is wrong with them, and their loved ones have to step in to take control of the situation. If you do know someone who is suffering, talk to them about it, let them know you are there for them and help them find the right treatment. A small step goes a big way in the world of depression. Just one pep talk might actually save their lives.

Who can it effect?

Depression has no basis for discrimination. It can effect anyone and everyone – from your best friend at school to your next door neighbour, from your office colleague to your housekeeper – there is no way to identify who it will it hit and when. Men, women, pregnant women and people in early stages of parenthood, teenagers, successful professionals, senior citizens – you mention it.

Treating depression:

There is no one specific way to get treated for depression. It varies from person to person, and there are different kinds of medications and health professionals to help bring them back on the right track.

You could go in for counselling sessions as psychological therapies help you detect the cause of the problem (break-ups, the death of a loved one and so on) and can help you cope with it and change your thinking patterns.

Sometimes, your doctor might place you on antidepressants as they are the available medication for this disorder. When other forms of treatment haven’t produced the desired effect, or if you are suffering from severe depression, your doctor might have no choice but to put you on antidepressants.

What can you do about it?

Even if you’re not qualified to medically help someone who has been diagnosed with this mental disorder, you must know that you can always make a difference. Talk to your friends and family about depression, so that even if one of them is going through it, they can identify what is wrong with them and whether they need help or not.

In most of the cases, the victims don’t know what is going on with them as they have never heard people talk about the importance of having a good mental health and how such problems can bring about a rapid deterioration in your personal and professional life.

World Health Day and Depression

A healthy life implies both physical and mental health. When we talk about diseases and health issues, depression cannot be ignored. Being a silent, mental disorder, it deserves all the more attention.

Since the family members of the victims, commonly, have a tendency to not talk about it at all, we believe that making 7th April, 2017, all about depression will help eliminate the stigma associated with depression.

So take care of your loved ones; help them help themselves. You will be making a big impact on someone’s life and perhaps giving him or her the happy, healthy and positive life that he or she deserves.

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