Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Depression In Students

Depression is an illness that affects a person’s physical, mental and social life. According to WHO, depression is a common mental disorder, characterized by persistent sadness and a loss of interest in the activities that you normally enjoy, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities, for at least two weeks. During this, a person may increase or decrease sleep, there is a loss of energy and appetite, he/ she likes sitting alone and talking to nobody and sometimes thinking about to harm self and suicide. Depression can be treated. Depression is also most common in college students. Depression can be seen more active in students between the age of 15 - 24. It is estimated that 1 out of 4 students are suffering from mental illness including depression. Depression can be dangerous. So, it should be identified and treated on time.

Symptoms of Depression

The symptoms of depression vary from person to person. However, the most common symptoms of depression mentioned by Fox News website are as follows:

1. Change in sleeping pattern and schedule. Either couldn't  sleep or excessive sleeping.
2. Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities.
3. Decreased energy, fatigue, being slowed down.
4. Falling grades.
5. Thoughts of death or suicide; suicide attempts.
6. Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness.
7 .Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions.
8. Persistent physical symptoms, such as muscle pain or headaches.
9. Attempts to "treat" low mood or anxiety with alcohol or other drugs
10. Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood

Treatment of Depression

As soon as you notice the symptoms of depression, you should get medical help. You can talk about it with your parents, doctors, home tutors, friends and relatives who understand you. Parents and tutors should be careful to check if their children and students have depression. Similarly, doing regular exercise, maintaining a healthy diet, making a positive and good circle of friends, taking part in sports and games, going out with friends, watching movies at weekend, going on a long journey with friends, enjoying life to full etc helps to keep depression away and at check.

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