When life becomes a struggle and things don’t work out as planned, a lot of dreams are scattered, a lot of unknown fears grip us and we become stressed. When this kind of stress goes beyond our control or when we are unable to overcome stress in life, a situation of depression arises. If not treated on time the consequences of depression can be grave and life threatening.
Depression has been found to be the leading cause linked to six major reasons for death : heart diseases, lung ailments, cancer, cirrhosis of the liver, accidents and suicide. The fact is depression is increasingly claiming people of all age groups even children in some cases.
People suffering from depression find it difficult to carry on with their everyday life as they start loosing interest in everything around them. Some of the visible effects of depression are :
■ Sadness or depression through out the day
■ Lack of concentration and ability to take decisions
■ Loss of interest in everything may it be friends, hobbies or in living life itself
■ Lethargy due to loss of energy
■ A noticeable amount of either weight gain or loss
■ Either loss of appetite or over eating
■ Suicidal thoughts and tendencies
Depression is treatable. The effects may be severe or sparse on each depressed person depending on the duration one has been depressed or the reason one went into depression. The treatment of depression is with repeated counselings, social and family support or with anti depressants when needed.
Though the symptoms are ignored and missed by most, an alertness within the family members, an alert vigil of the teachers or general awareness in the work places can be very good way to go – in making depression stay at bay.