#BreakTheStigma. More and more people are suffering from depression and the number increases every year. The latest number based on World Health Organization (WHO) estimation shows that more than 300 million people are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015. Every year on the 7th April, World Health Day marks the anniversary of the founding of the WHO. This year, WHO focuses on a year long campaign on Depression with the theme “Depression: let’s talk”. Research shows that Depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. Lack of support for people with mental disorders, coupled with a fear of stigma, prevent many from accessing the treatment they need to live healthy, productive lives.
“Depression: let’s talk” goal is to get more people with depression, everywhere in the world, both seek and get help. That is also the goal that our very own #IWillBeOkay ‘Fight Against Depression’ Awareness Campaign is all about.
Other Associated Health Risk
Depression is a common and one of the several known mental illness caused by a series of persistent sadness or extreme sadness that causes the sufferer to have loss of interest in doing the activities they normally enjoy doing. Other obvious symptoms is a clear inability to carry out daily activities, for 14 days or even longer. In addition, people with depression normally have several of the following: a loss of energy; a change in appetite; sleeping more or less; anxiety; reduced concentration; indecisiveness; restlessness; feelings of worthlessness, guilt, or hopelessness; and thoughts of self-harm or suicide. In another word they gave up on life and sees the life as meaningless and “grey”.
There are also strong links between depression and other noncommunicable disorders and diseases as identified as WHO. Depression increases the risk of substance use disorders and diseases such as diabetes and heart disease; the opposite is also true, meaning that people with these other conditions have a higher risk of depression.
Types and Symptoms
Depression is categorized as mild, moderate or severe depending the number of the symptoms and the severity of each symptoms. A key distinction is also made between depression in people who have or do not have a history of manic episodes. Both types of depression can be chronic (i.e. over an extended period of time) with relapses, especially if they go untreated.
Factors and Prevention
Depression results from a mixture of relatable social, psychological and biological factors. Usually people who have gone through adverse life events such as psychological trauma, lost of loved ones, and many more are more likely to develop depression. If left untreated, it can lead to more stress and dysfunction and worsen the affected person’s life situation and depression itself.
Prevention or cure varies on each individual. Most people turned to sports, some expressed their feelings in art and some take up a program that is able to divert their mind and attention away from the pain.
All we can say is, it takes you to take the first step in wanting to get better and the rest will fall into places. Depression can affect anyone. It can change someone. An awareness campaign like this is not only for the sufferer but also for everyone as everyone need to learn how to identify the symptoms and encourage your loved ones to seek the help they need.