The disease they call depression
ROSES AND THORNS - Pia Roces Morato (The Philippine Star) - January 18, 2019 - 12:00am

Depression is a common yet serious medical condition that affects millions of people worldwide. There are moments in life where we find ourselves uttering about how depressed we are whether it be as an in passing comment, a joke “half meant” or for some, a serious phase that has simply reached a point where “shaking it off” is easier said than done.

A medical illness such as depression generally affects how you feel, the way you think , and how you act. The good part about this however is that depression is treatable and getting help is just the first step.

The early signs of depression usually help some people become aware of a condition that needs to be addressed.

Loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping are some of the earliest symptoms that one may be facing while going through depression.

But having said all this, it seems however that many of us get caught up with the stigma that is sadly attached to this condition because mental health issues are uncomfortable to talk about more so admit.

Perhaps one of the most difficult challenges for people with depression is going through the social stigma that is just so prevalent with this disease as prejudices and other beliefs pose as a threat.

It is here where the feelings of rejection and discrimination affects a person’s decision to seek immediate help.

Obviously, society plays a huge role in this issue and most of all, the lack of education is overwhelming.

Studies have shown that the family, considering it is the most basic unit of society, can be the source of stigma which affects especially the youth.

We have heard too many stories of friends and other people alike who have gone to the extent of taking their own lives as there is a serious link between depression and suicide. Support therefore is crucial when it comes to depression.
Mental health issues are just as important as your financial, emotional and physical health.

Our bodies are made to interact with the many facets of life which determines our well-being internally and externally. There is a balance that we ought to connect in order for us to nurture our overall wellness.

Eliminating the stigma that plagues those who are seriously affected by depression requires an education. Much attention is now being given to reduce the stigma and discrimination many sufferers face.

It is certainly time to focus on mental health issues with both proper and inclusive approach necessary for effective recovery.

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