Depression is a type of mood disorder which, according to a WHO Report, affects roughly 264 million people around the globe. Research has shown that women are twice as likely to experience depression than men and the intensity of this disorder can vary from individual to individual. It usually starts slowly and gradually starts affecting the individual’s functionality to the extent, that it becomes difficult to get out of bed. At it’s worst, depression can lead to suicide. Want to know an astonishing statistics? Nearly 800000 people commit suicide every year and approximately 20% of these are individuals with untreated depressive symptoms.
Click here to view an interesting conversation with Dr. Soumyajit Sanyal where we discuss what this mental disorder is, what does depression feel like and which treatment course is better; skills or pills.
What does Depression feel like?
The common symptoms of depression are loss of interest in day-to-day activities, persistent sadness or depressed mood, changes in sleep, changes in appetite and/or weight and low energy. For diagnosing depression, these symptoms should be persistent for a minimum of 2 weeks. This downloadable document talks in-depth about depression symptoms and the DSM-V criteria for diagnosing the same.
Social interactions, psychological perceptions and biological structure, all three can together have a role to play, when it comes to these depressive symptoms. Depending on the severity of these symptoms, depression can be divided into the mild, moderate and severe category. Click here to know more about the types of depression and it’s treatments that are available in India.
Click here for an informational podcast on ‘What is the Psychology behind Depression’ which talks about the science and research behind this mental disorder.
If you feel that you are struggling with something similar or any other emotional, behavioural issue that might or might not be affecting your daily functioning, explore MHT Directory to find the right mental health professional in India for your mental and emotional needs.
About Ms. Anthea Pinto
Anthea Pinto is a 22-year-old mathematics graduate and lover of humanity. She has shared her journey of surviving a suicide attempt in February 2020 in this podcast and is currently fighting through depression. Anthea believes in using art and music to spread awareness of mental health. If you wish to connect with Anthea further, you can find her on Instagram with the IG handle: @antheaa.21
About MHT Podcast | Survivor Series
The Survivor Series by MHT Podcast is one of the most popular podcast series by MHT India. The episodes from this podcast series are in collaboration with speakers from across India. These speakers share their true story of living with a mental illness and psychological problems. From psychiatric conditions such as psychosis to dealing with psychological issues such as bullying and body shaming, the MHT Podcast | Survivor Series has episodes with speakers that have dealt with it all. They share their experiences with a mental illness and how to tell the listeners what helped them cope with their struggles. The importance of treatment and therapy is also highlighted in these episodes.
Team MHT India duly takes the consent of the speakers to share their details on the MHT India website. In the case where a speaker doesn’t wish to disclose their identity, the name of the speaker is kept anonymous in the article as well as the podcast recording.
If you are also struggling with a psychological or a psychiatric condition and wish to share your story to inspire and motivate others, you can also join as a speaker of the MHT Podcast | Survivor Series by simply writing Team MHT India an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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