Health is being in a state of bliss physically, mentally and spiritually. Mental illnesses are emerging as a major cause of morbidity in our country. Human race today has advanced manifolds in medical sciences, talks of convergence and co-ordinated healing with all possible schools of medicine. But, nobody thought the pace at which the human evolution has progressed in past centuries, mental illness would go on to become such a major hazard. In growing competitive lives, aspiration to ensure holistic health and a balanced lifestyle have taken a back seat.
Children, Men and Women- all in this fast pace of life need to realise that health is the top priority, or has is said in Indian context- जीवन है तो जहांन है, स्वाथ्य है तो जीवन में आनंद और सकूँन है! The reason to prioritise healths steams from the recent World Health Organisation estimates that sugest, one in four persons will be affected by a mental illness at least once in their lifetime. The available data taken from 2005 shows, that 6% to7% population in India suffers from some form of mental illness like depression, bipolar mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, delusional disorders, substance use disorders among others.
The time is ripe and this world health day, observed globally on 7th April annually also raises concern over rising mental illnesses. Mental illnesses become more difficult because by the time a sufferer can build an insight, most of the time it is too late. Same stand true for depression which came out to be the leading cause of ill health and picked up as this years’ theme. According to the latest estimates from WHO, more than 300 million people are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015. Lack of support system for people with mental disorders, topped up with a fear of stigma, prevents many from accessing the needed treatment that can help restore healthy and productive living.
This years’ WHO campaign “Depression: let’s talk” puts forth rising number of people with depression all around the world. Alarming it is. First thing to be done in order to combat depression is to fight against all the prejudices and associated discrimination. Treating depression is not always hard. Most of the time talking to a confidante is may prove sufficient while professional help must be sought.
Another hindrance in offering treatment of depression is the less investment made by countries. If countries continue to act meagre that cost may prove fatal. Depression also stakes a persons’ health to other life style disease as it hampers the zeal of life. A depressed person may push oneself to seclusion.
In India, in the past years, our country was aghast to see some of the deadliest outcome of depression where a couple of sisters locked up themselves in their room, secluded from the worldly vices and few starved to death. The country was rocked and shaken to see the hazards it may cause.
Fortunately, the fight against mental illness has now got support from the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, who also put forth his mantra on in his man ki baat that suppression of depression must not be encouraged rather expression of depression. Noticeably, people with depression normally have several of the following: a loss of energy; a change in appetite; sleeping more or less; anxiety; reduced concentration; indecisiveness; restlessness; feelings of worthlessness, guilt, or hopelessness; and thoughts of self-harm or suicide.
Bringing to light a case from the glamorous world, thanks to bollywood actress Deepika Padukone who had recently narrated her own fight with depression. She is right that depression must be fought with and one must not be stigmatised rather come up as a braveheart.