We all experience ebbs and flows from time to time in our life, which might lead us to feeling low or depressed at certain times. However, if this seems like an unending abyss which feels impossible to climb out of, it can interfere with our everyday life, either over prolonged intervals of time, or in sporadic outbursts.
Depression is a common but a very serious mental disorder. Affecting more than 120 million people worldwide, it has the potential to toy with one’s ability to work and concentrate, maintain healthy relationships, and also damage the quality of life. If left untreated, it can lead to self harm, especially suicide, which causes 850,000 deaths per year.
According to a study conducted by the World Health Organisation, India has been rated to have the highest percentage of depressed individuals, at 36 % of the whole population.
The study also shows that women are twice as prone to suffer from depression, as compared with men.
Some have described depression as unfathomable emptiness, incapacitated character, or restlessness.
But the great thing is that there is hope out there. As common and severe depression may be, it is treatable. The only way to conquer it, is through reaching out, though.
Thinking about all the forms of help which are available out there, seeking treatment is now easier than ever. The path to recovery is just one step away.
Let’s talk depression.