Is depression considered to be a mental health problem?

Depression, one of the most common mental illnesses, varies within each individual, with the condition’s primary symptomology consisting of feelings of sadness and hopelessness; that may coexist with other physical and extraneous ailments. WHO statistics highlight an estimate of 24 million citizens that are in need of psychiatric help and assessment in Eastern countries such as Pakistan. But due to poor health literacy and resources – a crucial aspect of daily living – obtaining it is a tumultuous task. Depression can be a variable that has an overall effect on someone’s preexisting risk factors, psychosocial domains such as personality, relationships, self-esteem and emotional regulation are many aspects that are dependent on an individual’s wellbeing and something depression effects negatively. Mental health and its mischaracterization can disturb that internal regulation and the aforementioned emotions can intensify symptoms of depression. In late 2022, Dawn published an article “75pc of Pakistan’s population suffers depression: health experts” the statistics provided by the HSA (Health Services Academy) showed that 75% of the population, particularly the youth, is experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress. The prevalence of depression and its symptoms highlight the concerning commonality within the nation and in the world and how its significant increase in the masses may manifest other forms of mental illnesses. Jeopardizing mental health resultantly leads to unhealthy maintenance and mental health problems and depression is a condition that threatens every aspect of human functioning and living.


-Gul  Butt

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