The word depression has become increasingly familiar, with several celebrities now coming out into the open with their own stories and struggles. We hear the stories, read the facts and begin to wonder if in some ways we may be suffering from it ourselves.
There are times when life gets us down and we feel quite sad and upset. However does it qualify us to call ourselves "depressed" is a question we might want to consider.
Depression is not a sign of weakness or a negative personality. It is a major public health problem and a treatable medical condition. It is just like having a biological condition that can be treated using medications. However, along with medication, counselling is also required to fight depression out of one's system.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, symptoms of depression may include the following:
1. Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
2. Fatigue and decreased energy
3. Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness
4. Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism
5. Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
6. Irritability, restlessness
7. Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable (including sex)
8. Overeating or appetite loss
9. Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment
10. Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings
11. Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
You can be strong and still be depressed. It is a condition that can affect anyone regardless of social status, economic status or education level.
You can take the assessment tool which we have on our website called the "Depression Scale". This will also help you understand where you stand on the scale of depression. You will know whether or not you are depressed, and the score at which you may want to seek the help of a professional.
A person might not experience all the symptoms at a given point of time. However, if you experience more that two of these symptoms for more than two weeks, or if you have a doubt as to whether you might be having this concern, please do reach out to us. It might be a difficult and distressing time for you if you are experiencing these symptoms. You are not alone; we are here to help you through this concern. Please call us at 1800 270 1790 or 080 42756888.