WHAT IS DEPRESSION?
Depression is a mental illness in which a person completely losses interest in activities, doesn’t want to wake up in the morning also feeling helplessness, hopelessness, worthlessness, and sadness (major mood swings). Because of which a person losses feeling of pleasure and concentration. Whoever is suffering from depression feels all this is at least for 2 weeks.
It affects how you feel, think, and behave and can lead to suicidal thoughts also. Untreated or partially treated depression can lead to suicides.
One person still dies every 40 seconds from suicide,” said WHO.
SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION
Loss of interest – Major loss of interest in activities which earlier enjoyed by the person, lost the feeling of joy or pleasure.
Helplessness & Hopelessness – Pessimism and hopelessness. Feeling of helplessness and loneliness. Thinking all negative that nothing will get better and can there is nothing you can do to improve your condition.
Sadness – Continuous low mood or sadness, Always low self-esteem.
Worthlessness – Feelings of guilt and worthlessness.
Lack of Concentration –Trouble concentrating and focusing, remembering details, and making decisions.
Sleep changes – Disturbing sleep, Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or sleeping too much, i.e no sleeping schedules.
Anger – Feeling agitated and even violent. Can’t control your anger. Tolerance level becomes very low and everyone makes you feel angry and restless.
Mood swings – Changes in behavior, sometimes it’s normal and the next moment it’s complete restlessness, extreme happiness to extreme sadness in a small time frame.
Appetite – Overeating, or appetite loss. Digestive problems that don’t get better, even with treatment
PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM DEPRESSION IN INDIA
In India, The National Mental Health Survey 2015-16 reveals that nearly 15% of Indian adults need active intervention for one or more mental health issues and one in 20 Indians suffers from depression. It is estimated that in 2012, India had over 258,000 suicides, with the age-group of 15-49 years being most affected.
Mental disorder cases doubled in less than 3 decades, anxiety and depression are most common today.
In India, more than 10 million cases of depression every year are recorded.
According to the survey in 2015, WHO (World health organization) said that over 6 crore people in India are depressed and 3 crores are suffering from anxiety But only 1 psychiatric is available over every 2-3 lakh people in India.
A study reported in WHO, conducted for the NCMH (National Care Of Medical Health), states that at least 6.5 percent of the Indian population suffers from some form of serious mental disorder.
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU ARE DEPRESSED?
- Take a walk in an open area like a park or garden. It will help you to connect with the environment and help you enjoy your surroundings. Walking is good for health also it makes you feel fresh and energetic.
- Keep moving don’t stay at home alone. Go out meet people and interact with them depression can also happen because of loneliness, so go out meet people and if you stay alone it can get worse, meet friends, family, and your dear ones.
- Keep talking or try to open up about your feelings. Keep your dear once updated and let them know how you feel. Talk it out just tell someone how you are feeling and what you are thinking just vomit it out, I know it’s hard but it will help you in your recovery. Mental illness is just as normal as physical illness, so talk with those who can understand you and help you in overcoming this.
- Start doing exercise and meditation will help you keep motivated and let your mind relax. Yoga and meditation can help in achieving mental peace. Depression is all because of mental illness, so doing exercise, yoga, and meditation can help in improving mental health.
- Try to find positivity in your life. Don’t be negative about anything. Challenge your negative thoughts and start thinking positively. Do things which make you feel good.
WHEN TO CONSULT A DOCTOR?
If you take all the measures and still feeling the same kind of lowness and hopelessness then you should consult a doctor. Seeking professional help is not makes you weak. It will help you in overcoming your depression. While taking the medical help keep doing self-help also. Even if you’re receiving professional help, these tips can be a part of your treatment plan, speeding your recovery and preventing depression from returning.