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Modernity and its depressing outcome

health-and-fitness Updated: Aug 07, 2011 01:56 IST
Upama Sinha
Upama Sinha
Hindustan Times
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A recent WHO-sponsored study states that Indians are the most depressed people in the world, with nearly 36% suffering from Major Depressive Episode (MDE), the cluster of symptoms of depression and around 9% having an extended period of depression within their lifetime. According to experts, the chaotic modern life, insane working hours and relationship woes are largely responsible for triggering depression. “In the last few years we have seen drastic changes in lifestyle, breakdown of joint family, divorces, growing materialism and competition. All these have led to rise in depression,” says Dr Sandeep Vohra of Apollo hospital. However, the predicament is that people are not even aware of depression and even if they are, they are unwilling to treat it as any kind of mental disorder as it is still a taboo in our society,” he adds.

Depression, which leads to loss of interest, low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, can affect all age groups. There have been cases of depression among teenagers and people in twenties. “People are no more concerned about each other. ‘I ,me, myself’ tendencies have dominated people’s mindscape,” says Dr Kamal Khurana, a life coach.

Symptoms of Depression:
Sinking feeling: People tend to be more sad, full of anxiety and may cry frequently
Decreased interest or pleasure: Losing interest in something that was once pleasurable
Weight changes: Significant changes in weight without any attempt to gain or lose
Sleep disturbance: Insomnia or sleeping too much
Loss of energy: Feeling fatigued, sluggish, and physically drained
Suicidal thoughts: Increase of suicide tendencies or feeling of worthlessness
Prevention:
Identification of depression: Let your family and friends know what you’re going through and how they can support you.
Mental relaxation: Practicing various relaxation
techniques and take less stress
Right lifestyle: Regular exercise, sleep and eat right
Relationship: Cultivate supportive relationships and get rid of loneliness and isolation
Get right treatment: There are many effective treatments including therapy, medication, and alternative treatments.