Depression largely affecting Southeast Asia: WHO

New Delhi, April 6: Depression is the biggest cause of suicides, and the highest cause of death among 15-29-year olds in Southeast Asia. It is due to state of low mood that can affect a person’s thoughts, behavior and feelings.

The World Health Organization (WHO) called for scaling up of the quality and reach of mental health services to tackle depression.

Depression affects nearly 86 million people in Southeast Asia Region and still untreated, which can lead to suicide.

To treat depression and to prevent untold hardships one should talk openly about the conditions which individual is facing.

“Depression is an issue that needs to be heard. It can affect anyone at any stage of life, impacting relationships, work and social interactions, and impeding our ability to live life to its fullest. Depression can be managed and overcome,” said Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO Southeast Asia, in a statement.

April 7 every year is marked as World Health Day and depression has been set as the theme for 2017.

According to WHO, it is more common in experienced by adolescents and young adults, women of childbearing age (particularly following childbirth), and adults over the age of 60 which involves sadness or loss of interest.

The major reasons of depression are sedentary lifestyle among youngsters, infertility is also becoming a major reason for depression.

“It is important to diagnose the symptoms that hinder conception. If a person is experiencing tearfulness, not looking forward to things as much as they used to, have issues with sleeping and/or eating, are not enjoying activities like one did in the past, and are feeling irritable, it is possible that the person is depressed. Women with increased stress hormones are less likely than others to get pregnant.” said Jyoti Gupta, IVF Expert at city based Indira IVF Hospital.

The symptoms of depression includes by significant weight loss, decrease or increase in appetite, sleep disturbances, low energy levels and fatigue, said by Samir Parikh, Director Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences at Fortis Healthcare.

“A depressed individual might experience feelings of worthlessness or excessive or inappropriate guilt, with a difficulty in concentration, difficulty in decision-making, and recurrent thoughts of death,” said Parikh.

Wefornews Bureau

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