Join the fight for happiness: Depression Awareness

Join the fight for happiness: Depression Awareness

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Jane Añis started this petition to World Health Organization Depression and Bipolar Alliance and

Depression  may be an adaption for analysing complex problems. The physiological symptoms suggest an evolutionary design- to pull us away from normal life so we can focus on understanding & solving underlying problems that triggered. Several researchers have advanced the argument that depression can serve a possibly positive purpose in the lens of evolution. In some circumstances, it may be yielding of insights and personal meaning. The meanings people derive from different experiences depends not on the amount that they've suffered but the extent of the reflection -or meaning-making.

The increased of awareness in depression is important, when people with depression go untreated, they often find other means of coping; this can lead to addictions or suicidal thoughts. Depression awareness among the general public as well as people affected will help to decrease the stigma around the disease, making help and treatment a more viable option. If a support system made up of trusted individuals like friends or loved ones is easily accessible, those suffering will be more open to share. Of course everyone is different, but knowing that a supportive environment exists could ease some of the stress involved. For the friends and family of someone who is living with depression, being knowledgeable of the disease and its symptoms will help them be prepared as they will better understand what their loved one is experiencing and as a result be able to offer more substantial support. It’s also important for employers to be knowledgeable about mental illnesses like depression so that they can have a better understanding of how to approach the situation if they have an employee who is suffering. It’s equally important for teachers to understand depression so they can provide guidance and information to their students. This information may also be valuable in the efforts to stop bullying. If students know more about depression and its effects, they might be more likely to help a fellow classmate or show compassion to those around them.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of the signs of depression to help people recognise when they, or someone close to them, is depressed, because depression is not joke! If you know someone who's experience the depression, you should take it seriously, support and save them in their deepest darkness.

The important things to do in combatting depression according #ItGetsBetter "A Depression Awareness Campaign".

  1. Make face time a priority -set aside time to talk not distractions or multi-tasking. The simple act of connecting face to face can play a big role in reducing depression.
  2. Combat social isolation - go out with friends or invite friends over. Get involved, do some activities such as sport, after-school club or an art, dance, or music class.
  3. Promote volunterism -doing things for others is a powerful anti-depressant and self-esteem booster.
  4. Get moving - exercise is absolutely essential to mental health, walking the dog, dancing, shooting hoops, going for a hike, riding bike, skateboarding, etc. As long as you're moving, it's beneficial.
  5. Set limits on screen time -excessive computer use only increases isolation, making users more depressed. When screen tim goes up, physical activity and face time with friends goes down. Both are a recipe for worsening symptomps.
  6. Seek professional help -support and healthy lifestyle changes can make a world of difference for depress teens, but it's not always enough. When depression is severe, don't hesitate to seek professional help from a psychologist or psychiatrist.

Numerous institutions, including the World Health Organization, recommend education campaigns targeted at the general public to cess to care; and to combat the stigma associated with these illnesses and discrimination against people who have them.
Depression support groups such as this sponsored by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) are geared toward meeting the needs of those with depression. While depression support groups are not psychotherapy groups, they can provide you with a safe and accepting place to vent your frustrations and fears and receive comfort and encouragement from others.

In a depression support group, members often share coping suggestions that others find useful. This helps give you the assurance that "someone else knows what I am going through," as people share their struggles living with various types of depression. This camaraderie is vital in order to begin the healing process.

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