Depression Is Dangerous to Health, Liberate yourself and help one another-Awareness is freedom.

Depression is a killer, it has claimed many lives and still destroying more lives day after day.

Depression is common but a serious mental health unrest characterized by a feeling of gloom or consistent sadness that persists for many days and weeks.

 Depression here depicts clinical depression or major depressive disorder MDD; a mood disorder that makes the victims to be constantly and completely feeling low, inferior and total lack of interest in life.

When feeling sad lasts for 2 weeks or more, it is depression


Obviously human beings are prone to feeling sad or down at some points in life, hence feeling sad is a normal reaction for anyone who has just lost anything in life or when the person is facing some life’s defiance or challenges but when such feelings persist for long period, in addition to feeling helpless, hopeless and worthless for more than two (2) consecutive weeks,

…affecting the victim’s normal life activities, and not having any more pleasure in the things that normally interests the person, then it’s something more than ordinary sadness or mood swings rather this is DEPRESSION. Fortunately it is treatable.

Anyone can be a victim of Depression no matter who they are

Depression affects people from all walks of life no matter their background, economic status, gender or age (both older adults, teens and children).

Depression is certainly not a sign of weakness; the exact cause is unknown but according to research, hormones, genetics, life experiences, and physical health all play a role.

Some persons may observe depression episode only once in their lifetime, while others experience it several times. Victims may find it difficult to sleep, study, work, eat, or enjoy friends and activities.

Major depression is quite different from ordinarily feeling down or low

Every humans has faced depression at some time in life, this might have been induced by some challenging situations such as loss of a dear one, domestic violence, failure, rape, setback in one’s career, being diagnosed of some chronic ailments, the ending of an important relationship etc. …


Conversely depression (MDD) is relatively long-lasting and can get worse over time, this significantly interferes the victim’s daily routines or activities generally.

Depression has claimed many lives

Depression is the cause of over two-thirds of the 30,000 reported suicides in the U.S.A each year. Depression affects an estimated one in 15 adults (6.7%) in any given year (NIMH).

Between 20% and 25% of adults may suffer an episode of major depression at some point in their lifetime.

Women are more likely to experience depression than men. Some studies show that one-third of women will experience a major depressive episode in their lifetime.

Depression can occur at any time, but on average, first episode appears during the late teens to mid-20s.


Symptoms must last at least two weeks and must represent a change in your previous level of functioning for a diagnosis of depression. Those symptoms might include:

· Fatigue or loss of energy for almost daily

· Poor appetite or overeating

· Difficult to concentrate, indecisiveness

· Not able to sleep or sleeping excessively almost daily

· Continuous lack of interest in normal life activities

· Feeling relatively down or restlessness

· Feeling worthless or guilt almost daily

· Sad consistently, and feelings of emptiness

· Consecutive thoughts of death or suicide

· Significant weight loss or gain.


Effective treatments for depression is available.


Psychological and pharmacological treatments exist for moderate and severe depression.

Having known the severity and pattern of depressive episodes over time, health-care providers may offer psychological treatments such as behavioral activation, cognitive behavioral therapy & interpersonal psychotherapy.

Different psychological treatment formats for consideration include individual or group face-to-face psychological treatments delivered by professionals and supervised by therapists.


Antidepressants are not the first line of treatment for mild depression. They should not be used for treating depression in children and are not the first line of treatment in adolescents, among whom they should be used with extra caution.


Hospitalization (which may be involuntary) may be necessary in cases with associated self-neglect or a significant risk of harm to self or others.

Should anyone be exhibiting or feeling some kind thoughts of hurting yourself or others, call 911 immediately or hurry up to your nearest emergency room or psychiatric hospital for help.

Mental health crises are just as much of an emergency as physical health crises.

Beyond Treatment: Things You Can Do To Liberate Yourself

Here are great tips for you or a loved one who may be experiencing an episode of depression:

Generally, awareness of the ailment is a great approach, know that the condition is not for a lifetime neither does it mark the end of your life, the period will pass then you’ll be alright again.

· Do not isolate yourself, beware of your situation and let others help you.

· Exercise often and try to be always active no matter whatever happens.

· Endeavor to eat a healthy diet and minimize smoking and alcoholism.

· Draft a routine (possibly daily); Set realistic goals for yourself.

· Try spending more time with others and confide in a trusted friend or relative.

· Expect your mood to improve not immediately but gradually

· Postpone all vital decisions, such as getting married or divorced, or changing jobs until you’re better. Discuss decisions with others who know you well and have a more objective view of your situation.

· Continue educating yourself about depression.

Key Facts


· Depression can affect anyone—even a person who appears to live in relatively ideal circumstances.

· Depression is a common mental disorder globally, approximately 280 million people in the word have depression. 5.0% of adults suffer from depression.

· Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease.

· More women are affected by depression than men.

· Depression can lead to suicide.

· There is effective treatment for mild, moderate, and severe depression.

· No two persons are affected the same way by depression and there is no “one-size-fits-all” for treatment. It may take some trial and error to find the treatment that works best for you.

· If you are experiencing thoughts of hurting yourself or others, call 911 immediately or go to your nearest emergency room or psychiatric hospital for a crisis evaluation.

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