The theme for this year’s World Health Day is Depression. And why should it not be? As a matter of fact, April 7 is the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization. That is the reason we celebrate this day as World Health Day. Every year WHO creates a campaign to highlight a specific health issue to draw an attention of all the people around the globe. This year Depression is the theme. The reason for this is that Depression is a seriously growing concern all around the world. And that too at an exponential rate. The tragic side of this issue is that there are no apparent symptoms or tests on the basis of which you clearly conclude about it in a person. And the worst part is that once you are in its grip, it starts impacting your lifestyle, relations, and health in a serious way.
It is quite important to understand what depression is on this World Health Day. It is an illness where the person is consistently sad. Secondly, he or she doesn’t have an interest in activities that others normally enjoy. Thirdly, you observe an inability to carry out daily activities for a minimum period of two weeks. People suffering from depression will have all or some of the following symptoms:
- Change in sleeping pattern
- Change in appetite
- Lack of concentration
- Planning or thinking about suicide
- Loss of energy
- Feeling of guilt
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We must convey some key messages to combat depression this World Health Day. In fact, depression has nothing to do with age. It can impact people of all ages. Normally, people suffering from depression don’t want to talk about it. Rather, they neither discuss it nor seek any help from anybody in this regard. As a matter of fact, depression is preventable and treatable. Another important thing to know is that people who have a healthy diet, regular exercise, and an activity or hobby they love to perform have lesser chances of falling prey to this illness.
“Depression is an illness like any other and requires professional help. Unfortunately, people are reluctant or are not aware of the resources available. Most well-wishers offer advice but are unable to provide the real help required, reaching out is just the first step. India has the highest burden of depression in South Asia. Over 36% of Indians are likely to suffer from depression at some point in their life. A patient of depression feels like there is a dark cloud around their lives and no amount of positive thinking helps it. Lifting that cloud is essential and possible. Depression is curable,” says Dr. Yashasree Poudwal from Mumbai.