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Mental Health Must Read


Depression is real! And it’s about time we knew about it.

A very common disorder, Depression is a serious medical illness that affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act – negatively. It causes feelings of intense sadness or a feeling of emptiness that is often displayed by a range of emotions. Signs range from a lack of interest in doing the things you once loved to thoughts of dying. As expected, this can lead to a disruption in day to day activities – both mental as well as physical.

Depression affects an estimated one in 15 adults (6.7%) in any given year. And one in six people (16.6%) will experience depression at some time in their life. Depression can strike at any time, but on average, first appears during the late teens to mid-20s. Women are more likely than men to experience depression. Some studies show that one-third of women will experience a major depressive episode in their lifetime.

Fortunately, Depression is treatable! It is imperative that we are aware of the early warning signs that will ensure treatment as fast as possible.


  • Depressed mood most of the day
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
  • Too much or too little sleep
  • Weight loss or weight gain; or increase or decrease in appetite
  • Moving and speaking more slowly (or much faster) than normal
  • Increase in purposeless physical activity (e.g., hand-wringing or pacing) or slowed movements and speech (actions observable by others)
  • Fatigue or low energy
  • Decreased ability to concentrate, think, or make decisions
  • Thoughts of worthlessness or inappropriate guilt
  • Recurrent thoughts of death, or thinking about or attempting suicide

If 5 of the above symptoms are displayed where 1 symptom is either of the first two everyday for a minimum period of two weeks, then you might have major depression. Seek help immediately – it’s okay to talk to someone.

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