The WHO report titled ‘ Depression and Other common mental health Disorders-Global Health Estimates’ states that over 78% of global suicides were in low-and middle-income families. Over 300 million people worldwide are suffering from this. Depression and bad mental health had been ignored as serious issues for ages. But do you know depression can also lead to death? It is the leading cause of disability worldwide and, and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease. WHO declared that more women are affected by depression than men and at its worst, it can lead to suicide.
322 million people are living in misery and nearly half of them South-East Asia and Western Pacific regions, reflecting relatively large populations of China and India.
SUICIDE: Depression, is reported to be a major contributor to global suicide. One person commits suicide every 40 seconds globally. Suicide occurs throughout the lifespan and is the second leading cause of death main 15-29 year-olds globally.
Doctors diagnose it when someone has the following symptoms for at least the past two weeks
A depressed mood most of the day, especially in the morning.
Feel tired or have a lack of energy all day.
Have a hard time focusing, remembering details, and making decisions. Feel worthless or guilty almost every day
Can’t sleep or you sleep too much almost every day.
Have aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that don’t get away or get better with treatment.
Lose pleasure in life and have a sad, anxious, or empty feeling.
While these symptoms are common, not everyone with depression will have the same ones. How severe they happen, how long they last, how often they happen can vary. Such symptoms can also happen in a pattern. For example, it may come with a change in seasons ( a condition formerly called seasonal affective disorder).
If a child is sad, it doesn’t necessarily mean he has depression. Its when the sadness stays with him day after day that depression may be an issue. Or if the child has disruptive behavior that interferes with normal social activities, school work, or family life, that may also be signs of a problem.
DEPRESSION IN TEENS:
A lot of teens feel unhappy or moody. However when the sadness lasts for 2 weeks and a teen has other symptoms of depression, then he may have a problem.