Let’s Talk

Author: Alok Sood   |   Date: 07 Apr 2017   |   Comment: 0 Share:   |     |     |  

It’s World Health Day today (7th April, 2017), and the theme of the campaign for today is on Depression, “Let’s Talk”.

So how do we go about it? And speak to who, if and when we have that challenge, is the proverbial million dollar question. And what are the options? Obviously it is only at an early stage that the matter is somewhat in our hands to be able to talk about it; and at a later stage, it will be some other person, most probably, who will have to talk to a professional in this field, on your behalf. And which profession would be relevant in a situation, depends on various factors including the stage of depression, although, earlier the better. But we are not going to talk about the professionals as the “help-at-hand” for now, and focus on the people of our trust.

And the answer to who they possibly are, is already there. The help-at-hand would be – the family or the friends. Sounds very easy and approachable, at least in the early phase, right? Wrong! It is easier said or accepted than actually done, when the issue strikes. Why?

Because, in most cases, we don’t have or we don’t invest “time” and, as a result, we don’t have real “friends” who have time for us. In such times we need people who can really listen to our issue with patience, have the time to think through, be considerate and objective in analysis, before being of help. Quite a challenge! The real reason why there is hardly anyone to count on, in such challenging situations of being depressed.

Not only the person going through it, is in no mood to talk, but also at the same time, quite often oblivious of the fact that one is suffering a bout of depression. The problem at an early stage is not even recognized often, and when it is recognized, for the one in question, it often gets late already to talk about it, and it is someone close to the person who needs to identify the problem, and take action.

More often than not, it will have to be someone close to the person in question, who would have to talk. And talk, not just to the person concerned, but also to a professional and get the help if the depression is already in an advanced stage.

That’s the “cure” part of it. What about “prevention”? There are simple tips, which do not just help prevent getting into depressions but also be a cure when the problem strikes:

  • Invest time in relationships,

  • Work on wellness – exercise: it helps to relax the mind too, or meditate, sleep well, socialize, etc.

  •  Always have a larger purpose in life, even after retirement.

All these preventive steps will ultimately help one to even Talk, in the end!

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