Often mistaken as a feeling of sadness, depression is a serious mental condition that causes severe symptoms which disturbs one's normal flow of life.
Psychiatrist Dr. Randy Dellosa explained that depression is not just an emotional and psychological condition but also has a biological basis.
"Something abnormal is really happening in the brain chemicals particularly seratonin [which is] a mood chemical and once it gets imbalanced then it creates symptoms," he said.
Dr. Dellosa lists down symptoms of depression that people can watch out for:
1. Problems in the sleeping pattern
2. Changes in appetite
3. Decrease in energy level
4. Difficulty in focusing and concentrating
4. Lack of motivation
5. Sudden sadness, irritability, and/or anxiousness
6. Overthinking particularly of negative thoughts
7. Suicidal thoughts and behaviors
Dr. Dellosa added that those with depression don't have to suffer silently and can seek professional help.
"I'd like to say that there is hope and help for people who are depressed. In fact, with the right treatment which includes medication, psycho-therapy and wellness therapies, a person with depression can get well as early as 2-3 weeks," he said.
The World Health Organization has set October 10 as the World Mental Health Day, in hopes of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and "mobilizing efforts in support of mental health."
A group in the Philippines is dedicated to addressing those who have suicidal tendencies.
The crisis hotlines of the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation aim to make these individuals feel that someone is ready to listen to them.
These are their hotline numbers:
Information and Crisis Intervention Center
(02) 804-HOPE (4673)
0917-558-HOPE (4673) or (632) 211-4550
0917-852-HOPE (4673) or (632) 964-6876
0917-842-HOPE (4673) or (632) 964-4084
In Touch Crisis Lines:
0917-572-HOPE or (632) 211-1305
(02) 893-7606 (24/7)
(02) 893-7603 (Mon-Fri, 9 am-5 pm)
Globe (63917) 800.1123 or (632) 506.7314
Sun (63922) 893.8944 or (632) 346.8776