M'sia marks World Health Day 2017 with focus on depression

Toni Houston
April 8, 2017

Translated into crude numbers this means 40,000 adults or one tenth of the Maltese Population.

This year's World Health Day on 7 April will be dedicated to the subject of depression.

The UN says globally, around 350 million people of all ages, from all walks of life, suffer from depression.

He said depression causes mental anguish and affects people's ability to carry out everyday tasks, with sometimes devastating consequences for relationship with family and friend.

Releasing the "Mental Health Status of Adolescents in Southeast Asia: Evidence for Action" report, the WHO said that in 2012 the estimated suicide rate per 1 lakh people in India (15-29 years) was 35.5. With its "Depression: let's talk" campaign, the World Health Organization aims to get more people to both seek and get help.

But if you know someone who is trying to fill every moment of the day by sleeping, avoiding others, being too sensitive and overeating, it is time you try to talk to them.

"So we have to be fearless and speak out and spread the information that people with mental illnesses are victims, not trouble makers".

That is why it is so important to receive integrated treatment for both depression and substance abuse at the same time.

So we are beginning to find ways to help people make it easier to acknowledge their depression and to learn more about what depression looks like and how it can be treated.

From being some of the happiest people on earth, Nigerians have slumped to the rank of the most depressed in Africa.

Ha Kyoo-seob, a professor of neuropsychiatry at Seoul National University Hospital, emphasized the importance of open dialogue about mental illness, saying, "Talking candidly to family members or friends, or receiving counseling from medical experts is highly recommended". Which means, 1 crore 25 lakh people of India are suffering from workplace depression.

Abat shared as early as 13 years old and up to senior years, individuals can experience depression and it can be due to biological, psychological or social factors.

"Lack of availability of psychotropic medicines, proper information with well-structured psychotherapy and other effective measures for primary healthcare services to treat depression is cause for concern", Moeti said. Treatment usually involves either a talking therapy or antidepressant medication or a combination of the two. Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems.

"Since the condition is treatable the persons must seek medical help, " she said. Seeking help is the first step to recovery. Why is it not the same if you feel symptoms of depression?

Although there are several different types of depression, there are a number of common symptoms.

"Today, let's talk about depression and have some courageous conversations". Being pregnant or having a new-born may not always trigger positive reactions in the person, there is nothing wrong in getting timely help.

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