Every year on April 7, we celebrate World Health Day in honor of the founding of the World Health Organization. It’s a day, as the WHO puts it, “mobilize action around a specific health topic of concern for people all of the world.” This year that topic is depression.
As you may know, depression is a mental disorder that causes feelings of sadness, loss, and anger. It affects people from every corner of the globe and across all walks of life, and can impact a person’s ability to function in day-to-day life. According to the WHO, depression disproportionately impacts adolescents and young adults, women of childbearing age (especially following childbirth), and adults over 60. Importantly, depression can also make other medical conditions worse, such as arthritis, asthma, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
What’s key to remember is that depression can be prevented and treated – and there are plenty of clinical trials in this space as well. With a better understanding of the causes of the condition, and an acknowledgment that it is not a failure or someone’s fault, but an issue with brain chemistry, we can overcome the stigma associated with depression and ensure that those with the condition get the help they need.
At Antidote, every day is World Health Day, but today, we’re taking a moment to think about how we can help battle depression. We hope you’ll do the same.