World Health Organization holds regional consultation on Depression

World Health Organization holds regional consultation on Depression

"A better understanding of what it is, and how it can be prevented and treated, will help reduce the stigma around it and encourage people to seek help".

The estimates were released in the lead-up to World Health Day on 7 April, the high point in WHO's year-long campaign "Depression: let's talk".

Dr. Ramona Abat, a psychiatrist, in a Department of Health-led kapihan forum at the PIA grounds, Wednesday, April 5, said the World Health Organization (WHO) focuses the observance on depression as it remains to be the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. Acharya further said that at worst, depression could lead to self inflected injuries and suicide.

But do not panic-depression is something that can happen to anybody, it is not a sign of weakness, and more importantly: it is treatable, with talking therapies or antidepressant medication or a combination of these. "We (in India) are afraid to talk about it (depression) openly", the PM said.

It is also aimed at encouraging depression sufferers to seek assistance and treatment, as well as to encourage family members, friends and colleagues to talk to, help and support the patient. "Talking with people you trust can be a first step towards recovery from depression", Acharya added.

Globally, 322 million people were estimated to be suffering from depression in 2015, equivalent to 4.3 per cent of the world's population.

Stating that though efforts have been made by countries in the region, Singh said that mental health has been among the top 10 health priorities in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Indonesia, the Maldives and Sri Lanka in recent years.

I am heartened that there are employers willing to help individuals who are coping with mental illnesses ("More firms hiring those with mental health issues", March 27), and the Mindset Learning Hub offers training for such individuals in the cleaning, and food and beverage sectors. Most of the deaths across the globe are caused mainly due to depression.

Dr Noman, who works at Mayo Hospital, said depression was more than just feeling down. Depression increases the risk of substance use disorders and diseases such as diabetes and heart disease; the opposite is also true, meaning that people with these other conditions have a higher risk of depression.

According to researchers, even in high income countries, almost 50 per cent of people with depression do not receive treatment and drugs prescribed are often ineffective.

Like clinical depression, it is a health condition characterised by feelings of unhappiness and hopelessness, as well as other psychological and physical symptoms such as fatigue.

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