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DEPRESSION AND EARLY SIGNS TO DETECT IT

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.

DEPRESSION

  • 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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