Depression: Let’s talk
World Health Day is observed every year on 7th April to mark the anniversary of the foundation day of World Health Organization (WHO). Every year a different theme is selected keeping in mind the global public health concern. The theme of 2017 World Health Day campaign is depression.
Depression is an illness characterized by persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities that are normally enjoyed, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities, for at least two weeks or more and interferes with the ability to function at work, school or home. People with depression may also have several other symptoms as anxiety; reduced concentration; indecisiveness; restlessness; feelings of worthlessness, guilt, or hopelessness; and thoughts of self-harm or suicide. At worst, depression can lead to suicide, now the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year olds.
Depression affects people of all ages, from all spheres of life, in the world. Globally, more than 300 million people of all ages suffer from depression. More women are affected by depression than men.
Yet, depression can be prevented and treated. Awareness about what depression is, and how it can be prevented and treated, will lead to more people reaching for support.
What you can do if you think you are depressed-
Remember: Depression can be treated. If you think you have depression, seek help.
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