IT COULD BE ANX­I­ETY, NOT DE­PRES­SION

Khaleej Times - - OPINION - — Latha Narasimhan, Shar­jah

This is in ref­er­ence to Bikram Vohra’s write up on ‘De­pres­sion is fast be­com­ing a self in­dul­gent cop-out’. I won­der if there is an un­due em­pha­sis on de­pres­sion these days. Many tem­po­rary men­tal con­di­tions are grouped and la­belled de­pres­sion, and ap­pallingly even kids are not spared from such la­bels. Go­ing through the vi­cis­si­tudes of life, at times, peo­ple do face de­press­ing sit­u­a­tions, and some­times it takes an aw­ful lot of time to tide over the dif­fi­cul­ties. How­ever, such tem­po­rary phases of life can­not be called de­pres­sion. Seek­ing med­i­cal help for a state of mind, which is tran­sient, has become so com­mon. And that’s de­spite the fact that there are no clear-cut in­di­ca­tions for de­pres­sion as such. This paves way to un­due stress, ex­ploita­tion, and in­ap­pro­pri­ate use of drugs that even­tu­ally harm the health of an in­di­vid­ual. Be­ing self-aware helps. One should in­tro­spect what one ac­tu­ally needs. A timely guid­ance from a friend or prac­tice of grate­ful­ness for the ex­ist­ing bless­ings help a great deal in solv­ing mind mat­ters. I think call­ing an anx­ious or rest­less state of mind de­pres­sion is more of­ten than not much ado about noth­ing.

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