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World Health Day: 10 common signs of depression and how can you deal with them

India TV Lifestyle Desk New Delhi 07 Apr 2017, 13:24:57 IST
India TV Lifestyle Desk

A recent study by CDC revealed some shocking realities of the world. Depression will be the second-leading disability worldwide by the year 2020. 

The case of mental diseases is rising at an alarming state. Mental diseases not only put the mind at state, but also affect our body drastically! 

While other health issues can be detected easily, depression is not so common to understand. However, if a person appears to be sad, moody or low from time to time, s/he needs medical attention.

Apart from unreasonable mood swings, a person suffering from depression exhibits the following signs:

  • Feeling angry and irritable
  • Feeling of guilt/blaming yourself for failures
  • Lack of focus
  • Lack of interest
  • Changes in the appetite (Not feeling angry or feeling hungry all the time)

  • Changes in the sleep pattern (Insomnia or over sleeping)
  • Losing hope
  • Chronic exhaustion (feeling drained all the time)
  • Body aches and pain
  • A constant feeling that life is not worthwhile.

Also Read: #WorldHealthDay: 10 Things you should never say to someone with depression

Here's a list of few activities that can be used to treat depression.

Lifestyle changes

Incorporating a healthy diet, exercise and socializing with the peers, work wonders for the patients struggling with depression.

Get to know about Depression

It is very important to understand and realize to your true self that you/ your friend might be suffering from depression. Once accepted, you can read on and talk to your doctor about the same.

Medications will help but social support is important

It is mandatory to go to a doctor but do not rely solely on the medicines. Your friends, family, peers and well-wishers are your great support. Interact with them, spend some time with them and your mood will definitely boost up.

Find a therapist

It is important that a professional counsellor should intervene in your situation. Shed all the inhibition and contact a doctor who will be the best person to guide you on the issue.


Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Interpersonal therapy, psychodynamic therapy is integral part of the treatment to cure patients struggling with depression. These therapies will target various facets of your personality right from relationships, settling healthy boundaries and handling life's problems.