Depression

Screening for depression in children

A depressive episode in a young child often manifests as somatic complaints and agitated behaviour. Depressed children may have normal sleep and appetite. Children often refer to depressive feelings in terms of anger, or feeling β€œmad” rather than sad.Negativistic behaviour, anger, truancy, impulsivity and alcohol or illicit substance use can develop secondary to a depressive…

Screening test for depression in the elderly

Depression is a disorder (no need to be offended, mental illnesses are like diabetes and hypertension, disorders with a biological basis that need treatment), characterized by a pervasive sad mood, a lack of interest in previously pleasurable activities and unexplained tiredness. It is often accompanied by sleep disturbances, low confidence levels, a decreased appetite and…

Screening test for depression

Depression is a disorder (no need to be offended, mental illnesses are like diabetes and hypertension, disorders with a biological basis that need treatment), characterized by a pervasive sad mood, a lack of interest in previously pleasurable activities and unexplained tiredness. It is often accompanied by sleep disturbances, low confidence levels, a decreased appetite and…

Screening test for postnatal depression.

Pregnancy is a wonderful, magical experience for any expectant parent. The expectant mother experiences a wide range of emotions ranging from self-doubt to ecstasy. This period around childbirth is also a hormonal storm wherein major changes occur in the internal milieu of the mother. There exists an increased risk of developing depressive illness after child…

Depression in children

Children as young as 4 years old can develop a depressive illness. The incidence of depression increases with age. Children experience depression slightly differently when compared to adults. This article will help you identify depression in your child. Depression is different from normative sadness. All sadness isn't depression, and children can be depressed without appearing…

How do I help someone with depression ?

Depression is a terrible illness because it often prevents people from doing things that can help them. It affects almost all aspects of life. If your loved one is suffering from depression, we understand that this is a difficult time for you as well. It can be a confusing period, wherein you feel lost for…

What is depression

In our glorious country, opening up about one’s own mental difficulties is something which is still considered taboo. A recent newspaper report puts the prevalence of depression at 36%. Suicide numbers are on the rise ! A number of international agencies rank depression among the top contributors to disability world wide ! But yet we…