World Health Day, celebrated on 7 April every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization, provides us with a unique opportunity to mobilize action around a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world.

The theme of 2017 World Health Day campaign was Depression which signifies the importance of this disease .Depression can occur at any age, but it usually begins in adulthood. Children and adolescents also do suffer from depression, occasionally cases with notable irritability as compared to low mood. In some cases, chronic anxiety and mood disorders in adults are the result of elevated amount of anxiety in them as children. 

The symptoms of depression are sadness of mood, crying spells, feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, guilt, worthlessness, restlessness,irritability, loss of interest in pleasurable activities, fatigue, slowed movements, talking slowly, difficulty concentrating or remembering, changes in appetite and weight, thoughts of death or suicide and difficulty in sleeping,early morning awakening or oversleeping. 

Physical symptoms like pain, acidity, palpitations, giddiness can also indicate depression. To be diagnosed with depression, the symptoms must be present continuously for at least two weeks. 

Effective Ways of Dealing With Depression:

1. Learn about your problem:  In order to understand or make sense of what you are exactly going through, you need to seek professional help. Only if you start understanding yourself and come to terms with the fact that depression is not caused because you have done something wrong, will you start on the path of feeling better about yourself. Once you have an understanding, so will your family and friends. 

2. Consult a Psychiatrist/ Psychologist: If you or someone you love is experiencing the symptoms mentioned above for over two weeks, then the need of the hour is to consult professional.