New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: The untimely death of renowned Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput has left everyone shocked to the core. The actor allegedly committed suicide at his Bandra residence in Mumbai on Sunday.

As per the initial reports, the actor was going through a tough time and was in a depression from the last six months. His last Instagram post was also an emotional one which was about his mother who passed away in 2002.

“Blurred past evaporating from teardrops. Unending dreams carving an arc of smile and a fleeting life negotiating between the two. Maa,” he had said.

Ironically, Sushant, in his super-hit film Chhichhore, had portrayed the role of a father who helps his son beat depression after the latter attempts suicide under the pressure of pursuing engineering. However, on a sad note, the Kai Po Che actor, who taught us “not to commit suicide in any situation”, died fighting depression alone.

Sushant’s suicide has once again unboxed the conversation about depression. Depression is a common illness worldwide and yet it is the least topic to talk about. Depression has claimed the lives of lakhs of people across the country and Sushant’s death has once again made it clear that it’s high time to understand that mental health is a serious issue. So here’s all you need to know about depression:

Understanding Depression:

Depression is different from usual mood fluctuations and short-lived emotional responses to challenges in everyday life. Especially when long-lasting and with moderate or severe intensity, depression may become a serious health condition. It can cause the affected person to suffer greatly and function poorly at work, at school, and in the family. At its worst, depression can lead to suicide.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), globally, there are more than 264 million people of all ages who are suffering from depression. And close to 8,00,000 people commit suicide every year. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in 15 to 29-year-olds.

What are the symptoms of depression?

There are three phases of depression that are mild, moderate, or severe. Being sad, feeling anxious or vulnerable is a part of life. However, one must need to check if these feelings stay for more than a week. One of the major symptoms of depression is a change in sleep patterns. Though the most common problem is ‘insomnia’.

While some people feel an increased need for sleep, others experience a lack of sleep leading to extreme tiredness, loss of energy, and difficulty concentrating or making decisions.

  • Loss of appetite is another common symptom.
  • If you constantly suffer from fatigue, check out on yourself.
  • Lack of concentration, less interest in activities, and less energetic are other symptoms.
  • If you often suffer from frustration, anger, and anxiousness, it’s time to look out for yourself.
  • Overthinking and feeling of helplessness, worthlessness, or guilty.
  • Agitation or severe anxiety/panic attacks
  • Not treating the disease will disrupt the daily life, provoking life-threatening thought.

However, there is no proper medicine that can treat depression, but there are ways that one can always give a shot. Some ways are:

  • Talking is a remedy. You can be at ease just by talking.
  • Attend psychotherapy regularly.
  • Some medications are prescribed.
  • Intaking drugs, alcohol can trigger your depressive symptoms.
  • Engage yourself by being in present.
  • Exercise regularly as it can help uplift your mood.
  • Sleep on time to avoid overthinking.
  • Work on your goals.

Not all people who are depressed can be suicidal. So, look out for yourself. Depression is a disease that can be healed. Check on your near and dear ones. Try to not let your blue thoughts rule over your mind.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma