World Health Day – Depression

 In Awareness Campaigns, Mental Health

Each year World Health Day is held on the 7th of April and focuses on a different health concern. This year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) are concentrating on depression for World Health Day.

The aim of World Health Day

The WHO are leading a one-year global campaign on depression. The aim of their World Health Day is to raise awareness of Depression and banish the stigma surrounding it. This, in turn, will help much more people seek help for the condition. The WHO suggest that “depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability with over 300 million people worldwide suffering from the condition”.

For more information on World Health Day, please visit the WHO’s Website.

What is Depression?

Depression is an extremely serious condition that can totally transform a person’s life. A lot of people can feel down now and again, but depression can last for months and leave a person feeling sad, consistently for that time. It can make people not want to go out or do anything and can cause them to become introverted.

There are a wide variety of symptoms associated with depression, and they can differ from person to person. These symptoms include persistent feelings of unhappiness, hopelessness, being tearful, not interested in things they usually enjoy, anxiety, bad sleep, and feeling tired, no appetite, lower sex drive and various aches and pains.

Symptoms can either be mild or more severe, with people who are suffering from severe symptoms having suicidal thoughts. Depression can be brought on by significant changes in someone’s life such as a death, losing their job or even having a baby. The mind is a fragile thing which is why depression is quite a common condition, with 1 in 10 people suffering with it.

Facts about Depression

  • From 2005 to 2015 there was an 18% increase in depression worldwide.
  • People of all ages, backgrounds, lifestyles, and nationalities suffer from major depression, with a few exceptions.
  • Up to 20% of people experience symptoms of depression.
  • 10 times more people suffer from major depression now than in 1945.
  • The average age of the first onset of major depression is 25-29.
  • 20% of people with major depressive disorder develop psychotic symptoms.
  • Around 5% of the world’s population suffer from depression.
  • More women are affected by depression than men.

 

References

  1. http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day/2017/en/
  2. http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/depression/Pages/Introduction.aspx
  3. http://www.clinical-depression.co.uk/dlp/depression-information/major-depression-facts/
  4. http://www.healthline.com/health/depression/facts-statistics-infographic
  5. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs369/en/
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