De­pres­sion: pre­ventable and treat­able

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

Glob­ally, 322 mil­lion peo­ple of all ages suf­fer from de­pres­sion. It is the lead­ing causes of dis­abil­ity world­wide and a ma­jor con­tri­bu­tion to the over­all global bur­den of dis­eases.

What do you can do if you are de­pressed? Even if we don’t seek pro­fes­sional help from doc­tor, by talk­ing some­one you trust about your feel­ings and keep­ing up with ac­tiv­i­ties that we en­joy when we are well can do away with de­pres­sion bur­den.

We should ac­cept that we might have de­pres­sion and have to ad­just our ex­pec­ta­tions and wants.

As the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion of de­pres­sion in Bhutan is alarm­ing, the min­istry should look upon the ways to strength­en­ing in terms of both hu­man re­sources and fund­ing.

Glob­ally, de­pres­sion is more com­mon in women, more than five per­cent and less in men. Is this be­cause of gen­der based vi­o­lence?

One of the com­mon rea­sons of get­ting into de­pres­sion is un­em­ploy­ment is­sues.

In Bhutan, the high­est num­ber of de­pres­sion cases is in the age group of 15 to 49 years. Why is not above age of 49 and below 15? It seems that work­ing age peo­ple suf­fered much than other age.

If em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties are avail­able in a coun­try, peo­ple need to have to worry about life.

Un­em­ploy­ment let youth to feels ir­ri­ta­ble, loos­ing tem­per quickly, feel­ing rest­less or ag­i­tated at times and feel­ing of lonely or hope­less­ness which can be con­sid­ered as de­pres­sion.

The World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion ( WHO) has pro­jected that, by 2030, de­pres­sion can be the first lead­ing causes all dis­abil­i­ties.

In the WHO South East Asia Re­gion, 86 mil­lion peo­ple suf­fer from de­pres­sion which in­creased by 18 per­cent from 2005 to 2015.

WHO es­ti­mated that Bhutan should have about 20,000 peo­ple liv­ing with de­pres­sion in the past year but only 1,000 peo­ple sought treat­ment in hos­pi­tals which means only five per­cent re­ceived treat­ment from all the peo­ple suf­fered from de­pres­sion. This shows the huge gap in treat­ment from health side and peo­ple liv­ing with de­pres­sion.

De­pres­sion is a main cause of sui­ci­dal cases. De­pres­sion is pre­ventable and treat­able if stay con­nects with fam­i­lies and friends be­cause it will be en­gaged our mind can­not be di­vert as we stay alone.

De­pres­sion causes a lot of suf­fer­ing for the in­di­vid­ual and the fam­ily. It can im­pair func­tion­ing, com­pro­mise qual­ity of life and even take life.

De­pres­sion causes will also rise with the rapid pace of our devel­op­ment be­cause peo­ple have un­lim­ited wants and de­sires for what other have.

We use to de­sire more than what ac­tu­ally we can do or beyond the fence from our abil­ity.

We should know that peo­ple do not get de­pressed only when things go wrong. Some get de­pressed even when their life is go­ing smoothly.

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