WHAT IS DEPRESSION
Prof.Lakshman Madurasinghe, PhD
You find it difficult to get out of bed in the morning. If you have responsibilities forother family members you let them shift for themselves. You are becoming indecisiveand even forgetful. Your ability to concentrate seems to have fled. You don't feel likelaughing. Food has lost its taste and sex has lost its appeal. You seem to bewithdrawing into a shell, not wanting to be bothered by family or friends.
Depression has been called the common cold of the mind. Mental health expertsconservatively estimate that one in every ten people in our country suffers from thisaffliction.Depression affects our roles and relationships - work, play friendships, marriage andfamily, church and community.
The common symptoms
In any one year it is estimated that between 4 and 8 million people are depressed tothe extent that they cannot effectively function at their jobs or must seek some kindof treatment.
A suicidal person lacks the courage to be depressed
Aretaeus, a physician living in the second century A. D., described the melancholicpatient as "sad, dismayed, sleepless ……….. They become thin by their agitation andloss of refreshing sleep ……… At a more advanced state, they complain of a thousandfutility's and desire death"Depression is an inner scream telling us that we have neglected some area of ourlives."Often a man kills himself because he is unable to despair and endure depression."