Depression is the third most common disease in the world as per WHO , 2017. It is the most common psychiatric disorder by far. At any given point, it is estimated that 1 in every 10 people is living with depression or anxiety. Almost 1 in every 5 people will suffer an episode of depression in the course of their lifetime, and around two thirds of adults will experience a depressed mood significant enough to interfere with their normal life. Women are around twice as likely as men to be depressed.
Trying to cope amidst a chronic feeling of low mood, physical tiredness or extreme anxiety can be tough. Persistent bad feelings about oneself and life in general are draining, unhelpful and most importantly, not your fault.
Depression can affect people of all ages and from all walks of life and circumstances.
If you have been struggling with depression, know that there is something that can be done about it. At Dr Narendra Rathi, we are experts in tackling this condition. With the right help, you can feel better.
How Do I Know If I Am Depressed?
We all go through spells of feeling down, but when you're depressed you feel persistently sad for weeks or months, rather than just a few days.
It can be difficult to identify when you are suffering with Depression because the condition lowers self-esteem and feelings of confidence in your own judgment. Ironically, you may be more likely to think you’re ‘making a fuss about nothing’ at a time when you most need help.
If you or someone you know is suffering from a depressive disorder, book an appointment with one of our experts. Our skilled practitioners treat all kinds of depressive illnesses. We will do everything possible to help you recover and enjoy the best life has to offer. Call us now
Depression is a common mental health issue that is not about being in a low mood. The good news is that there is help and treatment available and many people find that given the right treatment and support their depression lifts.
With the right treatment and support, most people can make a full recovery
Symptoms of depression
Increased periods of crying
Change in appetite. Increased eating, or lack of interest in food
DIsturbances to sleep - For exaple not being able to sleep or stay asleep during the night but wanting to be asleep throughout the day.
Feelings of guilt
Feelings of hopelessness
Not being able to take pleasure in activities that were enjoyable before
Unexplained physical issues such as back ache
Increased periods of sadness
Thoughts of suicide
Increased thoughts of death and dying
Different forms of depression
Depression can be classified in a number of different types and the intensity can be different. The most common forms of depression include:
CLINICAL Depression is a mental health condition that affects many, many people each year. It is not a mood that quickly passes and is not something that someone can just snap out of There are often a number of reasons behind someone's depression which over time can accumilated and become too much for the person to cope with. Depression can be treated in a number of different ways and is dependent on the type, severity and nature of the depression.
Bipolar depression can be a reoccurring illness sometimes the changes from lows to highs can be sudden but other times more gradual. This can be characterised by cycles of clinical depression followed by mania or excessive excitability.
Around 1 in 10 women suffer from post natal depression following the birth of a child. Sometimes there may seem like a valid reason for the depression, whilst other time there is not.
This form of depression can be very upsetting when a mother has been looking forward to having her baby only to find herself depressed afterwards. Mothers suffering will often feel extreme guilt for feeling this way and may often feel they are unfit to be a mother which is often not the case.
Who is at risk?
There's no single reason why people suffer with depression and it can affect anyone at any time - For example, at any one time 1 in 4 people will be suffering with a different type of depression. However, research has identified several factors associated with an increased risk for depression:
History of depression in the family
Traumatic situations and events in childhood
Difficult life experiences
Work / life balance
Physical complications and illness
Gender identity struggles