Let’s talk about Depression.
What is depression?
Depression can be described as a common mental illness characterized by sadness and lost of interest in activities that were once enjoyed. This is also paired with an inability to carry out daily activities for 14 days or longer.
Depression has risen dramatically over the past 15 years. According to the latest estimates from WHO, more than 300 million people are now living with depression. The sigma surrounding depression is the main cause for why people do not seek help, even in high income countries.
So lets talk about depression.
Let’s talk about the risk factors associated with depression. Let’s have the conversation when we see signs that someone we know may be suffering from depression.
If you are experiencing symptoms, there are steps you can take to get better:
- Have the conversation
- Seek professional help. If you don’t know where to start, ask your primary care physician.
- If you feel suicidal, contact someone for help immediately. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) is free and available 24/7.
- Try to keep up with activities you used to enjoy when you were well.
- Stay connected. Keep in contact with family and friends.
- Exercise regularly, even if it’s just a short walk.
- Stick to regular eating and sleeping habits.
- Accept that you might have depression and adjust your expectations. You may not be able to accomplish as much as you used to.
- Avoid or restrict alcohol intake and refrain from using illicit drugs as they can worsen depression.
Together, we can share and spread this message to the millions of people affected by this condition. Together, let’s talk about depression.