As the World marked the World Health Day yesterday, one could not avoid the apparent lack of understanding of one of the many inadequate aspects of health, which is mental health.
There are many illnesses that are more often than not fatal. As the world catches with the most fatal diseases, there are some medical conditions that can lead to an individual completing his or her life. Depression is considered to be the main reason for an increase in the number of suicidal trends in the world even among people who have the most ideal life.
In most cases, patients are unaware of the fact that they are subjected to medical complications but still a curable disease.
According to experts from the American Psychiatric Association (APA), "Depression is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, how you think and how you work. Depression causes a sense of sadness and / or loss of interest in activities that once enjoyed. This can lead to various emotional and physical problems and can reduce the ability of a person to work at work and at home.
Depression symptoms may vary from mild to severe. Severe situations can lead to thoughts of death or suicide.
More recent suicides have taken place, including those of famous designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain. People from all strata of life have committed suicides and trends emphasize the fact that depression has nothing to do with wealth, success or faith, and even lack.
Some of the most unexpected suicides of celebrities have caused social media to explode with messages and messages, encouraging people to "report to their stronger friends," and lively messages like "You are not alone". Still, most people who suffer from depression do not drift forward and talk about their condition and experience.
APA further shares: "Depression affects one estimated 15 adults (6.7%) each year. One in six (16.6%) will experience depression at some point in their life. Depression can strike at any time, but on average it occurs in late teenage years by mid-20s. Women are more likely to experience depression than men. Some studies show that one third of women will experience a major depressive episode in their lives.
Shehar Bano Rizvi, a Pakistani emigrant, lives in Doha for 14 years. Rumors have influenced social media, and has suffered from depression and are openly talking about their experience.
"I never knew that this could happen until I left Karachi 14 years ago. I married and moved to Doh. Everything changed my life. I left my family, my job, and my country to move to a new place without friends and without a career. "
"Like every new married woman, I enjoyed that break for about six months. Everything was perfect, but then sadness began to crawl. I did not want to go out; every morning from the bed seemed a scary task, and even I could not figure out what was wrong with me. "
He says he is very happy with his wife. Yet there was a cloud of sorrow over her. – My husband realized I had missed a job. I started the job again to help me get back to life.
"But then I felt sorrow again when I was dealing with infertility and passed through emotionally exhausting treatment. Questions, comments and remarks like when we have a baby, why do not I stop working and focus on starting a family, and I still mock myself. "
The depressing episode for her has become so serious that she has been thinking of ending her life. "I had suicidal thoughts and it was when my husband came to the conclusion that this was not something I could handle or could throw me out. I really needed professional help."
Initially, Rizvi was reluctant to go to a specialist. It was also very difficult for her to share her condition with a specialist. "For the first time I spoke to an unknown man as I felt, while my tears were uncontrollably rolling down my cheeks, for I admitted my darkest and deepest thoughts and fears. The psychiatrist immediately knew I needed help and put me on medication.
Her condition began to improve as she followed the psychiatric recipe. "In just two weeks I started to see the difference. I managed to get out of bed and get out. I managed to work and over time it became better and better.
Speaking of what a man can do to help himself, he said, "Exercise can do wonders for the health of your brain. One training increases the level of neurotransmitter like serotonin in the brain and raises your mood almost immediately.
Diet can have an impact on
the health of your brain. For example, leafy vegetables like kelp, avocado, berry, banana, walnut etc. It is considered good for the health of your brain.
She believes depression is real. "It has nothing to do with how much your faith is strong (or weak); how much your life is filled and blessed, or how ungrateful you are, and you do not thank God for all the blessings in your life. "
Martyn Stewart is a Psychologist of the British Psychological Society. He is an international educator, consultant, author, trainer and motivational speaker. He is currently the head of psychology at Doha College and the creator of the "Fear" project, which has been developed to help individuals, schools and businesses address mental health and psychological issues.
The expert puts an emphasis on proper diagnosis. "We hear the word" depressing "that is recklessly rejects and can stigmatize people or lead to self-fulfilling prophecies and bad decisions.With so much information now available on the internet and in the media about psychological disorders, it is hard to know what to believe. and it can lead to false self-diagnosis Diagnosis of depression needs to be done by a physician who is diagnosed, they use very specific symptoms criteria to draw their conclusions There are many symptoms of depression and also many different types.
Speaking of dealing with depression, Martyn said that apart from clinical treatment, there are many coping strategies that can be applied. – Depression also has physical and cognitive symptoms. This means that treatments can be directed to brain chemicals known as mood-driven neurotransmitters.
"Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is usually offered in combination with medicines. There are many types of CBT, but they all work by causing patients to deal with and change the misconceptions that have been used to maintain a depressed state in the past. The techniques used can include, capture thoughts, cognitive restructuring, and rational emotional behavioral therapy that involves challenging or disputing the irrational attitudes and beliefs of the patient, in order to replace and build new rational. CBT has become the most commonly used depression therapy in many countries.
"If one treatment program was not successful, it's important not to be discouraged because the alternative program can be more effective. In such situations, in dealing with depression, it is important to ensure that your support systems and incentives for the environment are positive and productive. You want to be in an environment of optimism, understanding and productive individuals in your family, friendship, and social circles. "
The expert believes that depression triggers are different for everyone. There are some sharing tips. "Some general measures believed to minimize depressive episodes are; Eat healthy and exercise regularly, provide ample uninterrupted sleep, and practice regular exercise by reading and solving problems.
"Further, reduce your time on social media. Long-term time on social networks is associated with an increase in psychological disorders, including depression – especially in young people aged 10 to 19. Limit time to poisonous people with negative habits and behavior. Avoid narcotic substances such as alcohol, nicotine and drugs.