Knowing Depression - the hidden devil

Ameya, my best buddy in office, a bubbly entertainer had suddenly gone off-beat, staying within himself, not socially active as before nor talking to anyone about any problem even on being asked. Somehow we managed to convince him and his family to take a psychologist’s help. Turned out to be depression, one of the most common ‘ignored’ disease which people catch these days but do not realize it and if they do realize, they are not strong enough to accept it nor vocal enough seek help and spread awareness. In fact such is it’s terror that there is a shroud of the silence when anyone tries to create a conversation around it. 
Depression is a very real and serious illness that affects more than 450 million people around the world. It's rarely talked about openly, causing people with the illness to feel all the more depressed and lonely. At times, there is also a sense of denial, as people look at the mental health in a way that they do not look at the physical health. It's very sad to know most of the people are not even aware that they are depressed and when they know,  they are not sure on how and whom to ask for help.
According to World Health Organization, India is the most depressed country in the world. At 36%- this is highest rate of depression anywhere on the globe. We also have the highest suicide rate of any country in the world. Over 1 lakh people on an average kill themselves in India every year and these are the only reported figures of depression and suicide. Inspite of such high numbers there continues to be a stigma or a sense of embarrassment when it comes to talking about mental health.
What exactly is Depression? Feeling which is most often accompanied by a sense of hopelessness, a lack of energy with no interest or liking in things that once gave a person joy in the past. It's feeling sad and depressed for weeks and months — not just a passing blue mood of a day or two.
Symptoms of Depression - Not everyone will experience the same symptoms of depression, some may become withdrawn and quiet, others may feel angry and full of restless energy.
·         Physical signs of depression can be any 
·         Change in appetite, pains, constipation, loss of interest in sex, not able to sleep etc.
·         Whereas emotional signs could be lack of confidence, anixety, feeling guilty and the most dangerous Suicidal.
·         Depression can also be noticed when not being socially active with friends and family. 
Thank fully, depression is easily curable with proper care and support of the loved ones. However, Self-care is the best way to treat oneself for mental well being. Definitely there is no harm or shame in asking for help from family and friends. One requires a great support system to overcome this. Best way is to keep oneself active by joining groups.. exercise and connecting with different people helps.

Early intervention and knowing what is normal and seeking help when things seem to be going wrong is the first step to getting things back on track.

Knowing Depression - the hidden devil Knowing Depression - the hidden devil Reviewed by Musings of Nisha on July 11, 2018 Rating: 5

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