In the 20th century, Almost every single person in the rest of the world is a patient of depression.
According to the WHO, Globally, more than 264 million people of all ages suffer from depression.
What is Depression?
Depression is a common and serious medical illness that affects how you feel, the way you think, and how you act.
Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home.
- Feeling sad or in a depressed mood
- Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed
- Changes in appetite — weight loss or gain
- Trouble in sleeping or sleeping too much
- Loss a lot of energy or increased fatigue
- Increase in 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
Depression affects an estimated one in 15 adults (6.7%) in any given year.
- Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)