Are you living in one of the most glamorous cities in the world with lots of people passing by every day in the street, metro stations, malls, cafés, beaches, parks and offices, yet you feel lonely? Do you feel that your days are swallowed up by work or feel tired of the endless thrive?
How to recognise depression
- Feeling down, unhappy or sad most of the time
- Unable to enjoy your time or feel the pleasure in many things as before
- Feeling tired or exhausted most of the time irrespective of actual minimal effort being done
- Having difficulties with your sleep (difficulty falling asleep, interrupted sleep, or waking up early in the morning and unable to sleep again)
- Change in your eating pattern (overeating or loss of appetite)
- Becoming irritable most of the time, and easily breaking into tears
- Difficulty focusing while working or studying, that is affecting your performance
- Experiencing headaches, muscle tension, heavy breathing, etc. or other body symptoms that your GP has no medical explanation for
- Feeling worthless, unloved, or that you do not matter to anyone
- Feeling that you have failed yourself or your loved ones
What to do
If you or anyone you know is experiencing some or all of these symptoms, then help is needed. According to WHO reports, depression is the second disabling disease, just after ischemic heart diseases, and is expected to be number one in 2030. It has unmeasurable emotional and personal cost, in addition to the economic burden that creates for society. Therefore, recognising or suspecting being depressed requires immediate attention and seeking professional help in order to be able to pull through and reach the other shore safely.