As Per World Health Organisation data Suicide Rate report, India recorded the most number of deaths by suicide in the world with 220,481 deaths.

What is Depression?

• Depression mood disorder (major depressive disorder or clinical depression) is a common but serious mood disorder.

• It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and paw daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working.
• To be diagnosed with depression, the symptoms must be present for at least 2 and half weeks.

Signs and Symptoms

. Tenacious sad, anxious, or “empty” mood Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism . Irritability . Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities r Decreased energy or fatigue . Aches or pains, headaches, cramps.

Appetite and/or weight changes Digestive problems without a clear physical cause and/or that do not ease even with treatment.
. Moving or talking more slowly Feeling restless or having trouble sitting still . Difficulty centralize, remembering, or making decisions

Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts

As a student or Exam Aspirant

✓ Aspirants for various competitive exams face challenges, pressures and anxieties that can cause them to feel overwhelmed.
✓ They might feel homesick in a new city.

✓ Often for the first time in their lives, they are living on their own
✓ No bonds on sleep schedules, the foods they choose to eat and how much time they spend on activities such as social media.
✓ They’re adapting to new schedules and workloads, adjusting to life with roommates, and figuring out how to belong.
✓ Money and intimate relationships also can serve as major sources of stress.
✓ Dealing with these changes can trigger or unmask depression

What to do if you experience any of these symptoms?

Consult a professional Mental health doctor Or Psychiatrist

Their education and clinical training equip them to understand and to evaluate medical and psychological data, to make a diagnosis, and to work with patients to develop treatment plans.

Diagnosis

There isn’t a “depression test” a doctor can use to see if you have symptoms, so figuring that out often starts with a thorough history and physical exam.

What is the treatment for depression?

The treatment depends on the needs of each patient. Treatment MAY include

1. Medicines (such as antidepressants)

2. A type of therapy called psychotherapy
Psychotherapy, sometimes called talk therapy, is a treatment that involves a talking relationship between a therapist and patient.

How to avoid depression as a student?

Do NOT shut out everyone for the sake of studies
Keep in constant touch with family and ‘close’ friends.
Keep away from negative friends. ” We are the average of the five people we spend the most time with. “
Do NOT fall for alcohol or drugs as a ‘cure’
Keep some connect with Nature

✓ Walk in park

✓ Feed fish in a lake

✓ Feed the birds on your terrace

✓ ‘Go-seva’
Try to make a social connect in your new city —Volunteer for a NGO/orphanage/old age home once a week/month.

Try to Find a Balance

✓ HEALTH

✓ WEALTH

✓ WORK

✓ FAMILY

✓ SOCIAL LIFE

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