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Understanding depression

According to the latest report of the World Health Organisation (WHO), depression has increased by 18,4% in the past ten years. By 2020, it is likely to be the second biggest disease globally, and in 2030 the biggest. This is clearly a disease that deserves our full attention.

In addition, the annual economic cost of depression due to absenteeism and unproductivity is immense. A South African study found that, on average, people with depression took 18 days sick leave per year as a result of their illness.

Depression is not the same as feeling disappointed or sad. It is a medical illness that requires treatment. Early recognition of symptoms means the necessary treatment can begin earlier and thereby increase the quality of life of the individual concerned. Untreated, it can become life threatening.

Do you know the five signs?

Not sure if you (or someone close to you) is depressed? Look out for these five signs of emotional suffering:

Sudden personality changes,
Unusually anxious, angry, agitated or moody temperament,
Withdrawal or isolation from others,
Neglecting themselves or behaving in a risky manner,
Hopelessness or overwhelmed by circumstances.

Click here for a more detailed breakdown of the five signs.

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