The World Health Organization says that depression is the main cause of precarious health among people. Since 2005, the rates have worryingly risen. They have now exceeded by 18 percent, and around 300 people worldwide are estimated to have this crippling condition.
Increasing rates of depression among people
Unfortunately, the rates are not going to be reduced so soon. Many people suffering from depression have reported that they are frequently looked at with suspicion, they have to struggle constantly with social stigma, therefore they hide the fact that they have this condition. This means that they do not receive the help they need.
The WHO officials hope that, now that they have made the figures public, people would realize how serious the issue is. Maybe doctors will now rethink their strategies to deal with this condition and would find the optimal solutions to help people overcome depression, without stigmatizing them or feeling them feel out of place.
Depressive people can be easily identified, since they struggle with profound sadness and lose their interest in everyday activities. It can appear at any age and needs immediate action. If it remains untreated, depression can have terrible consequences and even lead to an early death.
Do not ignore the symptoms
Indeed, depression affects people differently. Since it does not have a direct effect on the physical health, some might think that it should not be such a big concern. However, it affects the mind and the psychological well-being, and this can be more serious than some other physical symptoms.
Dr. Stephen Carbone advises people to go seek medical help immediately, if they identify one or several depression symptoms. They should not ignore them or think that they are not as serious as other conditions.
“Even though it might not rank as high as cancer or cardiovascular disease in deaths it certainly ranks higher in terms of the disabling effects of the condition on your day-to-day life and quality of life.”
WHO decided to offer people some help in overcoming the social pressure. Thus, they launched the program “Depression: Let’s Talk”. This might be the first step for depressive people in improving their condition. Also, hearing about other people with the same struggles might help them in finding solutions.
It might be hard to fight with such a condition but, with a little help and treatment, everybody can recover and be back on the way to a normal and happy life.
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