Prisoner to yourself

April 7th marks World Health Day, a time to raise awareness about different health related topics. Last year it was all about diabetes, but this year the topic is something that is often highly underestimated. Depression.

This week in SDG X is a novel writing initiative to keep the network and the blog’s loyal readers up-to-date with a brief collection of news directly related to the Global Goals.

According to the latest WHO’s estimates, there are 322 million people worldwide living with depression, a number which has decreased more than 18% between 2005 and 2015! This means that close to 1 in 20 people are affected by depression, with it being more common among women.

There are many myths about this illness, some even speculate that it doesn’t exist. The reason for that, is that people who suffer from depression often struggle to approach the subject, they are scared of being rejected and judged so they keep it to themselves. At the same time, people in their environment fail to pick up on the symptoms or simply chalk it up to regular feelings of sadness or anxiety. This is a huge problem. Depression, if reaching severe stages, can lead to self harm or even suicide. And even in mild cases, it causes many negative effects that ultimately hinder people from leading normal lives.

So if you are suffering from depression, try to find a person that you trust. Find someone that you know in your heart will not judge you or try to diminish this serious problem and maybe together you can find a solution, and a way for you to get help.

As to everyone else reading this, please inform yourself about the symptoms of depression. By being able to spot them, you can potentially save someone’s life! Someone who I’m sure you don’t want to lose.

“Depression is a prison where you are both the suffering prisoner and the cruel jailer.” – Dorothy Rowe

By raising awareness about depression, a lot of lives can be saved. Thank you to the World Health Organization for helping those in need.

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