When we meet with setbacks or disappointments, it is only normal to feel upset. But when you find your loved ones (or yourself) going through constant bouts of sadness that last weeks or even months— it may be due to a more serious underlying issue. Persistent sadness is one of the common symptoms exhibited by people with depression. Statistics from the 2010 National Mental Health Survey showed that depression affects about 6.3% of the Singapore population in their lifetime. Unfortunately, depression does not just disappear. It requires long-term treatment.
What is depression?
Depression is a common and serious mood disorder that causes constant feelings of sadness and disinterest, often believed to be due to chemical imbalances in your brain.
What are the symptoms?
If you experience some, or all of the following symptoms for a prolonged period of time (approximately more than two weeks), you may be suffering from depression:
- Persistent sadness
- Loss of interest in doing anything
- Unexplained increase or decrease in appetite or weight
- Unexplained lack of energy
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- Suicidal thoughts
- Anxiety, restlessness, or trouble concentrating
What are the treatment options?
Many doctors recommend a combination of treatment strategies, including counselling and antidepressants. Counselling can help individuals with the skills to better manage their emotions while antidepressants help to regulate their mood. When used together, they are often effective and reliable in treating depression and improving one’s mental well-being. Depression is treatable only if you seek help. Sometimes, the people who are able to spot symptoms of depression are not the sufferers themselves, but those close to them.
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