Depression – let’s talks

Depression – Let’s talk

Recently the world was shocked to learn of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain’s suicide. Lesser known is the sister of Queen Maxima of The Netherlands who took her life round about the same time. While these 3 people made the headlines because of their celebrity status, many do not.
According to WHO, close to 800,000 people commit suicide every year. Suicide is one of most common effect of depression. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in young people aged 15 -29 year olds.

Globally, WHO estimates more than 300mil people of all ages suffer from depression. It is a disorder that does not discriminate. It occurs in people all age groups, all walks of life and in all countries.

People who have gone through adverse life events (unemployment, bereavement, psychological trauma) are more likely to develop depression. Depression can, in turn, lead to more stress and dysfunction and worsen the affected person’s life situation and depression itself.

Antidepressants medication can be an effective form of treatment for moderate-severe depression but not recommended as the first line of treatment for cases of mild depression.
They should not be used for treating depression in children and adolescents and should be used with extra caution if prescribed.

There are effective psychological treatments available such as cognitive behavioural therapy [CBT],behavioural change by qualified professionals and therapists.

So, don’t become a statistic, get past the social stigma associated with mental disorder, Let’s talk.


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