Ways to Fight "Depression" By Job Daniel (Skillmatic)

Let us start by knowing what depression is, Depression is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable.

 Depression causes the following: feelings of sadness, loss of interest in activities once enjoyed which leads to a variety of emotional, physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home.

Depression symptoms can vary from mild to severe which can include:

•Feeling sad or having a depressed mood.

•Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed.

•Changes in appetite — weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting.

•Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much.

•Loss of energy or increased fatigue.

•Increase in purposeless physical activity (e.g., hand-wringing or pacing) or slowed movements and speech (actions observable by others).

•Feeling worthless or guilty.

•Difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions.

•Thoughts of death or suicide.

As broad as the topic is, the statistics may at different times vary, so this is a general overview of this discourse.

Depression affects an estimated one in 15 adults (representing 6.7%) in any given year. And one in six people (which represents16.6%) will experience depression at some time in their lives. Depression can strike at any time, but on average, first appears during the late teens towards the mid-20s. Women are more likely than men to experience depression. Some studies show that one-third of women population experience a major depressive episode in their lifetime.

Depression is different from sadness, grief and bereavement in the sense that death of a loved one, loss of a job or an ended relationship are difficult experiences for any person to endure, so therefore, sadness is a normal feeling or grief to develop in response to such situations.
There are factors which play a role in depression and they are:

Biochemistry: Differences in certain chemicals in the brain may contribute to symptoms of depression.
Genetics: Depression can run in families. For example, if one identical twin has depression, the other has a 70 percent chance of having the illness sometime in life.
Personality: People with low self-esteem, who are easily overwhelmed by stress, or who are generally pessimistic appear to be more likely to experience depression.
Environmental factors: Continuous exposure to violence, neglect, abuse or poverty may make some people more vulnerable to depression.
With the above mentioned, there are ways to handle depression and here the ways to cure depression:

Eat healthy
Having adequate rest/ sleep
Manage the stress
Let it out/ speak out
Take medications and lastly,
See a specialist.

I hope this little information will go a long way to detect signs and symptoms of depression and also necessary steps. SAY NO TO DEPRESSION.

Suicide is the act of intentionally causing one's own death. 
Suicide is as a result of the following risk factors: 
Mental disorders, includes depression bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, disorders in personality, substance abuse which comprises of alcoholism, drugs and other harmful substances.
Cases of suicides are impulsive acts due to so much stress ranging from financial difficulties, troubled relationships, and or been a victim of bullying.
People who experience suicidal thoughts and feelings suffer from tremendous and hurtful emotional pain. People who have died as a result from suicide typically died having had overwhelming feelings of hopelessness, feeling of despair, and that of hopelessness.
Every year close to 800,000 take their own lives and there are many more who attempt suicide and every suicide is a tragedy to lots of families, the communities, countries and the world at large with long-lasting effects on those left behind. How does suicide occur? Now, suicide occurs through out a lifespan and it was the second leading cause of death among 15-29 years old globally as of 2016.

Suicide does not only occur in high-income countries, which in turn is a global phenomenon in all regions of the world with 79% of global suicides occurring in low- and mid-income countries in 2016. It is a serious public health problem and for the prevention of the suicide there should be national responses and a comprehensive multisectoral suicide prevention strategy is needed.
Furthermore, it is estimated that around 20% or more of suicides are as a result of pesticide self-poisoning, of which most occur in rural areas and other methods include hanging and firearms. 
Suicidal behavior refers to talking about or taking actions related to ending one’s own life. Suicidal thoughts and behaviors should be considered a psychiatric emergency.
You can’t see what a person is feeling on the inside, so it isn’t always easy to identify when someone is having suicidal thoughts. But however, some outward warning signs that a person may be contemplating suicide include:

•Talking about feeling hopeless, trapped, or alone.
•Saying they have no reason to go on living.
•Making a will or giving away personal possessions.
•Searching for a means of doing personal harm, such as buying a gun.
•Sleeping too much or too little.
•Eating too little or eating too much, resulting in significant weight gain or loss.
•Engaging in reckless behaviors, including excessive alcohol or drug consumption.
•Avoiding social interactions with others.
•Expressing rage or intentions to seek revenge.
•Showing signs of extreme anxiousness or agitation.
•Having dramatic mood swings.
•Talking about suicide as a way out.
•If you ever suspect that a family member or a friend may be considering suicide, you can talk to them about your concerns and you can begin the conversation by asking questions in a non-judgmental and non-confrontational manner. Then talk openly and don’t be afraid to ask direct questions, such as “Are you thinking about suicide?”
During the conversation, make sure you:
•Stay calm and speak in a reassuring tone.
•Acknowledge that their feelings are legitimate.
•Offer support and encouragement.
•Tell them that help is available and that they can feel better with treatment.
With the explanation given on suicide and due to its multifaceted nature of the subject, there are some preventive ways to curtail suicide.
Some things to prevent suicide are best done on an individual level, like watching for signs of suicidal thoughts and talking to those you know. However, some changes can be implemented on the community, state, and even national level:
•Restrict access to means for suicide. If highly lethal items such as pesticides, poisons, and firearms are less available, many deaths can be prevented.
•Improve access to health care, including mental-health treatment.
Educate people about mental illness, substance abuse, and suicide.
Work to reduce physical and sexual abuse. Advocate for reducing discrimination based on race, culture, gender, or sexual orientation. Provide support to vulnerable individuals.
Fight stigma against mental illness and those suffering its effects.
Support those bereaved by suicide.
Life is beautiful and SUICIDE IS NEVER AN OPTION!


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