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By Ritika Nath . 20th June 2018 10:00pm

Continued loss of interest, decreased communication, social isolation, mood swings, lack of sleep, anxiety, altering food habits can be much more than what we assume. All these minute behavioural changes can be the signs of an underlying serious health problem, depression. We need to understand that it is also a health problem, and likewise, it can be cured if diagnosed and treated at the right time. [caption id="attachment_40047" align="alignnone" width="722"]depression Source[/caption] According to NHMS (2015-16), one in every 20 people aged above 18 years has suffered from depression at least once in their lifetimes. That amount to a total of 45 million people in 2015. Depression kills about 1,35,000 people in India every year, especially students. every hour, one student commits suicide in India, which is an alarming fact. The main reason behind these statistics is the lack of knowledge about depression. People assume that depression is just like having a bad day; one gets over it after all. But it does not work like that. A depressed person needs to seek medical help as soon as possible, just like he does when having a fever or malaria. He needs to take the prescribed medicines and change daily schedule. [caption id="attachment_40048" align="alignnone" width="1203"]deepika padukone Source[/caption] This is why we need to create awareness about depression. Many Bollywood stars have also come ahead to speak about their experiences. Previously, Deepika Padukone had also talked about her depression, which led to the set-up of The Love Life Live Life Foundation. It aims at helping depressed people and motivates them to live a happy life.

I thought it was stress, so I tried to distract myself by focusing on work, and surrounding myself with people, which helped for a while. But the nagging feeling didn’t go away. My breath was shallow, I suffered from lack of concentration and I broke down often.
Anupam Kher has also shared a video of him talking about depression. This 2-minute video has a very inspiring message to all those who are depressed and those who know one. https://twitter.com/gauravcsawant/status/1008792499094196224 Many other Bollywood celebrities have come up to talk about their mental illnesses.
It was scary. One year had passed and I wasn't responding to medicines, until a fourth doctor from Delhi treated me. At one point, I thought I would live in this darkness forever. I had cut myself off from everyone. I didn't come out of my room, forget stepping out of the house. I had a beard and I didn't get a haircut for months. For someone who has performed in front of a crowd of 20,000, I was scared of facing 4-5 people. That's what bipolar disorder does to you. - Yo Yo Honey Singh
I have anxiety. And I'm treating my anxiety. I'm on medication for my anxiety. Why am I saying this? Because it’s a completely normal thing. It's a biological problem. In my family there have been cases of depression. More and more people should talk openly about it. There is nothing shameful about it or something to hide. If you had a constant stomach pain, wouldn’t you go to the doctor? It’s that simple. I want to make this my mission, to take any shame out of this, to educate people about this. -Anushka Sharma
I was depressed. I was not clinically declared depressed but I was heading there. I was very sad to a certain degree. I don't want to use the term 'depression' loosely because it's a serious illness. It definitely effected my mental health. I was prescribed and did see a doctor for it as well. -Varun Dhawan
There was a big hangover after 'Sarbjit' because of the involvement that was required in the film. It all lingers on. It has happened before as well. After ‘Highway’, I was depressed for a long time. I had to tell myself that I am not a petty taxi driver and that is not my life. Nobody loves me the way other characters loved mine in the film. You have to go through such things at times. -Randeep Hooda
Depression destroys a person’s self-esteem and confidence. It cuts people off from their families and society. Not just mentally, but it affects physically too. Cramps, loss of appetite, overeating, excessive crying, insomnia, tiredness, body pain, headaches can be a result of depression too. If you are suffering from depression or know someone who does, try to talk about it. Don’t hesitate to seek medical help and get a medical treatment.

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