World Health Day is celebrated on April 7 of every year. This year, World Health Organisation (WHO) has focused on the theme Depression: Let’s Talk to create awareness among the people those affected with depression and help them to seek assistance.
PM Modi prays for Wonderful Health’ for all
On the occasion of World Health Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter and prayed for 'wonderful health' for all. "On #WorldHealthDay, I pray that you are blessed with wonderful health, which gives you the opportunity to pursue your dreams & excel," PM Modi tweeted. In his Mann ki baat address to nation, Modi extensively spoke about depression. "Suppression of depression is not good. Expression is always good. If depressed, share your feelings with others, it will make you feel better," PM Modi said.
Depression rates rise 18 percent in a decade
Since 2005, rates of depression have risen by more than 18 percent, which makes 322 million people battling with depression globally. Depression is the largest cause of disability worldwide. According to WHO, a massive 86 million people from South-East Asian countries suffering from depression. There is an urgent need to create awareness among people about this illness. Here are five common myths people have about depression.
1. Depression is not a big deal
People who are depressed have usually suicidal tendencies. According to studies, people who committed suicide have been facing depression in most cases. Do not ignore statements like, ‘there is nothing that I can do,” “there’s no alternative,”. Accept depression is a serious illness and to seek treatment to cope with it.
2. Depression is just sadness
Depression is not synonymous with sadness, let’s be clear about it. Sadness remains for temporary while depression is a chronic mental ailment. Not all people suffering from depression feel negative emotions while sadness is just like anxiety, apathy or state of emptiness.
3. Depression is a sign of mental weakness or character flaw
Various studies have proved depression has nothing to do with being lazy or weak. Depression is also an illness that affects brain chemistry and nervous system. In medical terminology, depression is in fact about a complex medical disorder that has psychological and social dimensions.
4. Depression is situational and will go away on its own
Depression is typically diagnosed when someone suffers hopelessness and emptiness for more than two weeks. Positive thinking will not help cure depression. It is better to seek professional help to manage the condition and live a fulfilling life.
5. Depression makes people violent
People who are depressed do experience the feeling of anger but that does not make them violent. A huge number of people who have depression have never harmed anyone.
Depression can be treated, if left untreated it effects can be devastating.