Cadila Pharma organises awareness drive on depression
According to WHO, an estimated 300 million people in the world suffer from depression
Cadila Pharmaceuticals under its Cure with Compassion programme conducted a social media campaign recently for creating awareness regarding depression, a disease identified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a major health hazard.
According to WHO, an estimated 300 million people in the world suffer from depression. In India, 6.5 crore people, or roughly eight crore people, suffer from some form of serious mental disorder. Unfortunately, while other chronic diseases such as heart disease or diabetes aren’t looked down upon or stigmatised, depression is highly stigmatised in our society.
Sensing the need of the hour, Cadila Pharmaceuticals roped in leading psychiatrists from Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh, and ran a social media awareness campaign from August 21 to 23 on depression.
The experts said that people with depression normally suffer from loss of energy, loss of appetite, change in sleeping pattern, anxiety, restlessness, guilt, reduced concentration, etc. Even suicidal thoughts are seen in many patients.
They also spoke about various causes of depression, and appealed to the citizens to not ignore mental disorders.
In his message, Dr Vishal Damani from Ahmedabad said, “WHO has classified Depression as the fourth most dangerous disease. Depression is a common mental order, characterised by persistent sadness and loss of interest in activities that one normally enjoys.”
Dr Samyak Tiwari from Lucknow said, “Depression is widespread and can affect anyone – be it a child or the elderly. The chances of women suffering from depression are greater than men.”
Dr Bhavesh Kotak from Rajkot said that depression can be genetic, and can also be caused by a variety of other factors.
Dr Kritugnasinh Vaghela from Vadodara, Dr Anoop Srivastava from Gorakhpur and Dr Pranav Pacchighar from Surat also shared valuable insights in their videos.
The campaign was a success with people getting sensitised to the mental disorders.