India is the 6th most depressed country in the World!
Yes! What you read is absolutely right! In an alarming report- The World Health Organization says - over more than 5 crore people in India; every 6th Indian suffer from Depression.
What’s more? The below-given statistics by the World Health Organization (WHO) will say it all-
2/3rd of global suicides reported were in low- and middle-income countries like India
Currently, around more than 322 million people are living with depression
1 in 4 children between the age group of 13 and 15 suffer from depressive disorders
LIVING WITH DEPRESSION -Beat THE SOCIAL TABOO
Although the majority of people who have depression do not die by suicide, having major depression does raise suicide risk compared to people without depression.
The major setback what we face today is the social stigma attached to the illness; especially with those struggling with depression. This is also one of the major reasons why most people do not seek the necessary help, though there is depression treatment available. We have been ignoring this issue since ages, the silent cry for help and if continued for long may turn out to be the most infectious.
The stigma that's attached to depression is in part due to the negative thinking that goes with it leaving people feeling ashamed, which often results in it becoming a secret that goes untreated.
It is estimated that 50 per cent of young adults who dropped out of college due to mental health issues didn't seek out mental health services of counselling services on campus or outside therapy.
Stigma about depression often comes from not knowing how common it is and how it affects everyday people. Common stigmas about depression give rise to inaccurate stereotypes, such as the following:
"Depressed people can't control their emotions.”
"People with depression are probably damaged".
"Depressed people are just whiners who feel sorry for themselves and make excuses."
"People with depression are just weak and lack any willpower to get over it."
"People with depression are antisocial."
While all these may have kept depression a puzzle for many young people, a new awareness is being brought from celebrities who have experienced it firsthand. Take a look of this article link to know more.
Well on another hand- Don’t you think it’s high time? So what do we do? LET’S BREAK THE SILENCE of those who are struggling with depression/ living with depression. Let’s make mental health a public health priority. Let’s do our part; educate ourselves as much as possible with all the information and resources to help someone living with depression.
What Causes Depression?
In the present scenario, we are stuck in a world full of competition and rat-race. unyielding competition for more fame, money, and recognition- not recognizing that it's drowning us into depression.
Some of the risk factors contributing to the development of depression.
Work stress and frustration
Unrealistic life expectations
Lack of work-life balance
Sleep deprivation issues
Family history of the disorder
Signs of Depression: What are the Red flags to see?
Some symptoms of depression include:
Feeling sad, low
Insomnia or sleeplessness
Feeling of Lethargy
Lack of interest in regular activities
Unexplained pains in the body
Increased consumption of drugs/ alcohol.
Helping someone struggling with depression- do your part!
Sharing your personal experience can help end stigma about depression that keeps many young people suffering in silence. It is truly a sign of inner strength to speak honestly about how depression affects the way people think and feel about themselves.
When we share something deeply personal that connects with someone, you are also giving a voice and starting a conversation that could help people get help. Hope is a light that shines brightest when we feel understood and supported.
You can send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
There is depression treatment available- educate yourself and help yourself or someone struggling with depression. Visit Cadabam’s MindTalk.