Depression: preventable and treatable
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.