A Global Crisis
Depression is More Common Than You Think
At any given time, 1 in 15 people struggle with depression. Moreover, 1 in 6 people will experience a major depressive episode at some time in their life. Research has shown that, as of 2018, almost 300 million across the globe are impacted by depression.
Common physical symptoms that people experience include change in appetite and sleeping patterns, lowered sex drive, along with feelings of fatigue and exhaustion.
Depression can make it hard for people to regulate their emotions. They may feel sad, unhappy, helpless, lonely, anxious, angry or even guilty for no apparent reason.
Depression affects the way people think - which in turn makes them feel worse. Pessimistic thoughts, low self-esteem and exaggerated negative thinking are commonly seen.
Social interaction can be effortful, leading people to isolate themselves. Such withdrawal is hard to detect - to others, those who are struggling might seem happy and content.
What Causes Depression?
Depression often runs in families; certain genes increase the chances of a person developing depression in the future. The condition can also be caused due to an imbalance of certain chemicals in the brain or hormonal fluctuations.
Studies show that depression is more common in individuals who are prone to easily feeling stressed or paranoid. Those who tend to overthink or who blame themselves even for small things are also at risk for experiencing depression.
A stressful environment or a traumatic event - such as a loss of a loved one or a pattern of abuse - can lead to depression. Having a hostile environment during early childhood increases the chances that one will develop depression later.
Strategies to Treat Depression
Dedicating time to engage in two types of activities - enjoyable and challenging - can uplift one's mood and also maintain healthy energy levels.
Problem solving skills can give one a sense of control to face and overcome challenges. This way, they can also combat feelings of helplessness.
By identifying negative thoughts, taking action to quash them and learning more positive ways of thinking can help one recover from depression.
Practising affirmations can help one inculcate a sense of compassion. It can also boost self-worth and can drive people to take steps to feel better.
Exercise is one of the most potent strategies in overcoming depression - regular exercise releases endorphins in your body that make you feel good.
Creating a habit to express gratitude can not only shift focus away from negative thoughts and emotions, but can also produce positive emotions.
How InnerHour Can Help
The depression programme in the InnerHour app offers a wide variety of tools and content to support individuals to feel better.
Based on a quick assessment, we create a personalised plan with activities that teach critical skills to combat depression.
Through goal setting and tracking, we enable individuals to form healthy habits and create lasting change in their thoughts, emotions, and behaviours.
With our articles, quick tips, and quotes, we strive to keep individuals educated, aware, and motivated on their journey to lead a happier life.
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