Am I Depressed

Am I Depressed
Written By: Counselling Psychologist
M.Sc. Psychology - Swansea University, UK.
Reviewed By: Counselling Psychologist
MA Psychology Pennsylvania State University, USA
Last Updated: 31-03-2023

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Depression is a  major struggle for nearly everyone now a days. But what exactly is it?

Is it about having a bad day, a week or a month? or is it about not being able to focus on your work due to a low mood?

So, to be precise, depression is persistent sadness or low mood that often inhibits a person to function and hence compromises with their interests and hobbies.

The below symptoms or related can be signs that you may need help:

  • Low and sad mood

  • Frequent Mood Swings

  • Fatigue and tiredness

  • Low on energy

  • Changes in sleep pattern

  • Changes in eating habits

  • Suicidal Tendencies

  • Loss of interest in activities

Research suggests that depression is more common in women than men and is a concern in about 1.9% of men and 3.2% of women. It is estimated that by 2020 the prevalence will increase by 5.7% worldwide, and 20% of Indian mothers suffer from Postpartum Depression.

The National Mental Health Survey (2015-16) that was conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (Nimhans), Bengaluru, suggest that 9.8 million teenagers between the ages of 13-17 years suffer from depression and are in need of intervention but fail to reach out.

According to a study by The Lancet, suicide deaths are ranked first among the overall deaths in the country.

Have you felt it or seen someone facing a low mood, loss of interest in once pleasurable activities, or easy fatigue? In short a feeling of being blocked and blank at the same time!!! If Yes, don’t worry, it can be solved and taken care of. You just need to reach out for professional help.

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