World day of health: breaking the stigma of depression

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World day of health: breaking the stigma of depression

Depression is a disorder that affects more than 300 million people in the world, according to data from the World Health Organization (who), and is already the leading cause of health problems and disability in the world. For wide incidence and their consequences, and yet, from what little is spoken of it among those affected, has been the theme chosen this year 2017 to lead the World Health Day, which takes place every April 7, date of anniversary of the creation of the who.

For removing the stigma around this disease created the campaign has been launched-‘talk about depression’-, which has focused on giving more visibility to this affective disorder so people suffering it to ask for help and seek treatment for your problem without feeling fear or shame. To get it, are encouraged to talk about depression in schools, health centres, the media, social networks, and in the works; in this way, those who are going through this will have less hesitation in applying for support.

The stigma faced by people with depression

Many of those affected are isolated from their friends and family so that they do not know the situation that are going, as it is considered that it is not well seen to suffer from depression, and those who do not have it joined those who are misdiagnosed. Only in Spain, estimated that 2,400,000 people suffering from depression, however, less than a third of those affected remains an appropriate treatment for depression.

As for people who wish to provide their support, they also have to be informed about the causes, consequences, and the ways in which can help those who suffer it. In general, the campaign aims to improve knowledge about the disease so that you can speak freely of the subject and patients ask for and get help more easily.

Anyone can suffer from depression

Depression is manifested through various symptoms, both psychic, as persistent sadness or lack of interest in activities or relate to others, as somatic, such as loss of appetite, sleep disturbances or loss of weight. On many occasions, this mental disorder prevents those affected to lead a normal life, interfering in their personal and social relationships, work or studies.

Anyone can be a victim of the depression, people of any age, anywhere in the world and social condition. However, who says that this disorder affects more women than men and that the risk of developing this disease is aggravated by poverty, unemployment, emotional breaks, other health problems, the duel by a loved one or addiction to drugs or alcohol.

In the most extreme cases, depression can lead to those affected to suicide, because they see no other way out, that has become the second leading cause of death worldwide among people aged 15 to 29 years, according to the who, as each year more than 800,000 people commit suicide in the world.

If you can not more… drop it

The Spanish Red Cross has also wanted to participate in this world health day raising awareness about the importance of prevention and early detection of depression. To improve emotional health and thus move this shadow, the Organization has prepared for on 7 and 8 April lot of activities such as workshops and dynamics for all groups, with the slogan ‘ If you can’t more… drop it. Depression. Let’s talk about ‘.

The venue has been the Puente del Rey, Madrid Rio, a location with plenty of parks and green areas perfect for having a good time. Planned activities will include classes of Tai Chi, bachata, and music and acrobatics. In addition, complete information on depression, which is the best way to prevent its appearance will be provided.

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