Medically, depression is defined as a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression is the most common illness worldwide and the leading cause of disability. Approximately about 350 million people are affected by depression, globally. With this high rate of depression, you’ll be surprised to know that some people don’t know what it is all about or how to seek help.
We all are used to the once in awhile sadness, feeling down, wanting to be left alone, losing interest in things that once made us happy but sometimes these feelings tend to go on for a very long time
if these signs continue then it may be depression and time to speak to someone.
Although while most people are still in the dark about this illness, there are some who live in denial about it and are mostly scared of the stigma that comes with having a mental disorder, so they keep to themselves until it becomes too late where the depressed starts to feel as though life isn’t worth living or having suicidal thoughts.
People with depression are often considered as weak beings, people who are not normal, people who can’t deal with life.
“ Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of but stigma and bias shame us all” _ Bill Clinton
Facts about Depression
- Women are about twice as men to be diagnosed with depression
- Depression can happen in anyone, either old or young
- Depression is much more than an ordinary sadness
- A depressed person may be the happiest in a gathering
- There is a cure for depression
Symptoms of Depression
The symptoms may include but not limited to
- Persistent feeling of sadness
- Change in sleeping pattern; it could be difficulty in sleeping or sleeping too much
- Loss of interest in things that once made you happy
- Change in appetite; this could either be in loss of weight by not eating well or gaining weight by eating too much
- Wanting to be alone
- Problems concentrating or remembering things
Cure Management and Treatment
Treatment may include
- Medication especially antidepressant; these are drugs available on prescription from a doctor
- Psychotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy; this involves talking to a therapist.
- Seeking the support of a loved one
If you see signs of these symptoms please talk to someone
suicide is never an answer