外文标题：1 in 10 Indians depressed, don’t ignore subtle symptoms
MUMBAI: Extreme weepiness and severe melancholy are not the only calling cards of depression, a serious mental disorder that roughly affects 10% of the population. Doctors say the symptoms could be subtler or of a lower degree — a sudden habit of rash driving, making mean observations or even showing perpetual irritability.
As it emerges that Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who reportedly crashed a plane into the French Alps killing 150 people last week, was suffering from depression, doctors say there is a need to create greater awareness about the disorder.
Depression is one of the biggest public health challenges because of its high incidence. "Research worldwide, including in India, suggests that at least one in five women and one in 10 men suffers from major depressive disorder at some time in their lifetime. Imagine you are walking on the street and there could be so many people in front of you who suffer from some degree of depression,'' said Dr Shamsah Sonawalla, consultant psychiatrist at Jaslok Hospital, Pedder Road.
The neighbour who slams the front door every time, the co-worker who constantly fails to meet deadlines, the teacher whose scathing words never fail to reduce some students to tears every day, the rebellious teenager who smokes despite knowing it's injurious to health, the friend who is obsessed with alcohol could all have a common cause: depression.
MV Rangacharyulu (New Delhi)
There is an urgent need for effecting Psychological tests in the Schools , Colleges and in all office establishments so that peoples’ awareness increases and corrective steps can be taken. The PMO should take the initiative.
Prof Partha (Unknown)
Nothing can cure Depression except Hindu philosophies and Yoga
That one person is depressed because of other 9 people.
We cannot accept happiness for others despite having the best ourselves. This is the real reason.
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Thanks to the rat race.!
It's far more than this. Thw real reason is that he is not happy of what God has given him but depressed and angry at the happiness of others, neighbours relatives friends etc.
Rajinder Kaka (Location)
it is better than west where the avg is 42 percent and u,s it is 54 percent. india single cause of depression is late and over eating and lack sleep.
LonelyGuy (India) replies to Rajinder Kaka
Late and over eating is a result of trying to imitate the life style of the west too much