Thursday, April 6, 2017

World Health Day 2017 - Depression: Let's talk !!!

The World Health Day this year focuses on ‘depression’. 

Worried about the future? Preventing depression during your teens and twenties..

Adolescence and young adulthood present many opportunities – for meeting new people, visiting new places and finding a direction in life. These years can also be a time of stress. If you are feeling overwhelmed rather than excited by these challenges, read on..

What you should know.

  • Depression is an illness characterized by persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities that you normally enjoy, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities, for at least two weeks.
  • In addition, people with depression normally have several of the following: a loss of energy; a change in appetite; sleeping more or less; anxiety; reduced concentration; indecisiveness; restlessness; feelings of worthlessness, guilt, or hopelessness; and thoughts of self-harm or suicide.
  • Much can be done to prevent and treat depression.

What you can do if you are feeling down, or think you may be depressed

  • Talk to someone you trust about your feelings.
  • Seek professional help. Your local health-care worker or doctor is a good place to start.
  • Stay connected. Keep in contact with family and friends.
  • Exercise regularly, even if it’s just a short walk.
  • Stick to regular eating and sleeping habits.
  • Avoid or restrict alcohol intake and refrain from using illicit drugs; they can worsen depression.
  • Continue doing things you have always enjoyed, even when you don’t feel like it.
  • Be aware of persistent negative thoughts and self-criticism and try to replace them with positive thoughts. Congratulate yourself on your achievements.
Remember: There is a lot that you can do to keep mentally strong. If you feel that you may be heading for depression, talk to someone you trust or seek professional help.