Yoga, traditional values can help beat depression, says President

09 April 2017, 02:51 | Robert Harris

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"However, people have now started talking about these issues, leading to greater awareness", he said while addressing a summit. There has been over 18 percent rise in the number of people suffering from depression in 2015 compared to 2005.

"Lack of support for people with mental disorders, coupled with a fear of stigma, prevent many from accessing the treatment they need to live healthy, productive lives".

Trained human resources for better mental healthcare.

"Depression can be prevented and treated".

WHO-Western Pacific Region Director Shin Young-soo stressed that people should talk openly and honestly about depression to break down fear and stigma and prevent its fatal outcome - suicide.

The country representative noted that at worst, depression can lead to suicide which is now the second leading cause of death among young adults aged 15-29 years. If you are living with depression, my message to you is this: Help is available, and there is absolutely no shame in asking for it.

To start with, the world health body explains what depression is all about: it is an illness characterised by persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities that you normally enjoy, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities, for at least two weeks.

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Stigma is the biggest challenge we face in improving mental health today.

"Out of all mental health disorders, depression is probably the most common".

Mental illness can be cured through psychosocial support as well as medication.

Depression is certainly treatable, but needs to be addressed immediately. The Hospital cares for 68,740 people who are affected by depression due to stresses of the public life, occupation or physical diseases. This year's focus is on depression.

If you have been experiencing some of the following signs and symptoms most of the day, almost every day, for at least two weeks, you may be suffering from depression.

In order to overcome these disorders one can undergo a general check-up with a physician, participate in talk therapy, brain stimulation therapy, Neurofeedback-Biofeedback therapy, supported living etc, indulge in uplifting activities, like going to a amusing movie or having dinner at a favourite restaurant. If they are depressed, tell them they're not alone. We do not choose to be depressed. "I would like to point out that traditional Indian values along with our family system, can be good mechanisms to support those who suffer from mental health disorders", he suggested.

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