1 in 4 of us will fight a mental health problem in any given year. That person can be your family member, your friend, any person you cross on the street or YOU!
” In India, the prevalence of depressive disorders is estimated to be 4.5 per cent of the total population. But despite being so common, the signs of depression are not well recognized in the country. In a cross-sectional study conducted on 916 college students, only about a third (29.04 per cent) of the group clearly identified depression.” – Business Standard
‘I understand’, ‘I’m listening’ and ‘I’m here for you.’ These lines can “not only changes lives, but save them.” Few simple things that a person needs when he/she is depressed is someone to listen, support and love.
Signs of Depression:
Depression is more than just being sad or lonely. To identify whether you or someone else needs help, it is important to have a better understanding of the signs of depression. Feeling of futility, hopelessness, worthlessness, self-hate, and inappropriate levels of guilt. A depressed person loses perspective of life. The person loses interest in the things he/she loved and enjoyed doing earlier.
- Sleep Problems
- Weight Changes
- Uncontrolled emotions
- Suicidal tendencies
How to come out of depression?
- Talk to someone. If you don’t have anyone who is willing to listen to you, write whatever is in your mind. Don’t keep things in your mind, all the stuff in there needs to get out! So, either talk to someone or write it down! Still, if you want to talk to someone and no ones there, you may write out to me about your problems at firstname.lastname@example.org. I promise, you will feel better.
- Exercise! It helps a lot. This is biologically proven. I am sure you can take out at least 5 minutes from 24 hours for exercise. Start with 5 minutes and then increase the time slowly.
- Sleep well and Eat good food. I am not pushing you to sleep for 8 hours, but sleep as much as your body requires, it maybe 5 to 9 hours. I keep a track of my food intake using HealthifyMe app, it is proving out to be a really helpful app in monitoring food and water intake.
- Laugh with friends and family or even alone! Just enjoy the moments and let your smile turn into a laugh whenever necessary. Don’t control your happiness. If you do not have anyone to laugh with, watch comedy shows, movies and enjoy “your” time with “yourself”.
Share your depression stories and how you are dealing with it, or how you came out of depression. This will be really helpful for others!
All the best!