Depression is a common but serious mood disorder. To be diagnosed with depression, the symptoms must be present for at least two weeks.
Depression causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating and/or working.
WHO defines depression as “a mood disorder where motivation is lower than usual for a prolonged period, with other symptoms ranging from, but not limited to, loss of appetite, insomnia, and hallucinations.”
Winston Churchill… One of the most famous Depressive Personality
Lord Beaverbrook, a close friend of the former British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill once remarked that Churchill always shuttled between two extremes. He was either “at the top of the wheel of confidence or at the bottom of an intense depression.” Such was the manic depression Churchill suffered from, which he referred to as his ‘black dog’.
Churchill wasn’t alone; there’s a black dog inside every one of us. Sometimes we successfully manage to keep it at bay overshadowing it with our cheerful spirit, but at times depression eats us up from inside and we feel like we’re dying a slow death. Mood swings become a part of our routine.
Depression – A leading Global Disease
It is often believed, albeit falsely, that since depression is a matter of the mind it is easy for the person to come out of it. The truth, however, is more gruesome. The 2012 Report by the World Health Organisation came up with some mind-numbing numbers. According to their estimate, there are almost 350 million depression sufferers in the world and by 2020; depression will become the leading global disease burden, i.e. a disease with which one lives for years.
If you still think that depression takes a toll only on personal life and can be easily overcome, then you’re grossly mistaken. The blues of depression have spread their fangs to your workplace as well, disrupting professional lives. In fact, corporate depression has become a major cause of concern for both the employers and employees worldwide. The PPC Worldwide survey on Indian companies reiterated this point. According to the study conducted in 2012, more than 62% of health concerns in India Inc. are due to work stress.
A research study based on the World Mental Health Survey Initiative of WHO found out that the highest rate of major depression in the world happens in India with the figure as high as 35.9%.
Depression is an overwhelmingly unpleasant and distressing disorder of the Mind
1. Depression is often confused with sadness. It is believed that in coping with the challenges and disappointments in life, one experiences downswing or melancholy that the individual can overcome in due course of time. But depression is beyond just feeling low.
2. Depression disrupts life. It is different from usual sadness in the sense that depression disrupts your daily life and diminishes your ability to routine things like work, eat, sleep or enjoy life.
3. Depression is a persisting depressive feeling. Depression is a state where the pall of gloom, low mood or the feelings of helplessness, hopelessness and worthlessness lasts longer than normal.
4. Healthy lifestyle takes a backseat. People who are depressed tend to neglect healthy lifestyle practices and get stuck in behaviour and patterns, which in turn, lead to a chronic stress burden, thereby increasing the risk of major depression.
Depression: Physical and Mental Killer
Depression has a different meaning for every individual. While some people look at depression as living amidst imminent disaster, others may feel inert, void and indifferent or restless and aggressive. But whatever be the variations in their experiences, depression takes a toll not only on your mental stability but your physical health too.
Here’s what happens when you are depressed
1. You consistently experience a feeling of being trapped inside a dark room.
2. You cease to enjoy life the way you used to do before and every day feels like a torture.
3. You end up surviving through life, not living it.
4. You cocoon yourself further inside your shell and hide your condition from everyone so as to avoid embarrassment or negative reputation.
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