Friday, April 7, 2017 is World Health Day, a celebration of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO). Since 1948, WHO has worked “to build a better, healthier future for people all over the world.”
The 2017 World Health Day campaign focuses on Depression: Let’s Talk. The WHO reports “globally, move than 300 million people … suffer from depression.” New estimates from the WHO show “the number of people living with depression increased by over 18% between 2005 and 2015.” Depression can affect anyone – man, woman, old, young, rich, poor, from any part of the world.
There are varying levels of depression, from mild mental anguish to severe depressive disorders that may lead to suicide. The core of the WHO 2017 campaign is diminishing the stigma of depression and mental illness so people will talk more freely about their experiences. Talking to someone you trust, whether a friend, family member, or professional, is the first step to getting help.
Symptoms of Depression
It’s important to understand not all people will experience all symptoms. You may experience few or several, but trusting your intuition that something is “not right” and seeking help is key.
- Persistent sadness or anxiousness
- Feelings of hopelessness or helplessness
- Withdrawal from activities or socialization
- Decreased energy and/or appetite
- Trouble concentrating; easily forgetting things
- Difficulty sleeping; feeling restless
- Suicidal thoughts
Prevention & Treatment
The good news is that depression can not only be treated, it can sometimes be prevented through a healthy diet, regular exercise, and relaxation. Treatment can include therapy and/or medication.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of depression, let’s talk. Your Capital Women’s Care provider is here to help you find the help you need.