DEPRESSION IN YOUNG PEOPLE

Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. It affects how one feels, thinks and behaves and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. Depression may interfere with one’s daily work, resulting in loss of time and lower productivity. It can also influence relationships and some chronic health conditions.

Feeling sad or moody sometimes is a part of life. Young people can feel sad and worried about life events such as examinations, family crises, fights with friends, changing schools, changes in physical body etc. sometimes, the feeling of sadness go for weeks or months and affects everyday life. If a young person feels miserable most of the time and find it difficult to get motivated, they may have depression; a serious illness that can affect people of all ages.

Symptoms of depression in young people

Like every one, young people can have occasional mood swings, feel irritable sometimes and be particularly sensitive to rejection and criticism. But if these mood have lasted for two weeks or more, the young person could have depression.

Symptoms that may indicate depression include:

  1. Feeling worthless or guilty most of the time.
  2. Feeling tired.
  3. Feeling irritable or grumpy.
  4. Having trouble sleeping -either falling asleep or staying asleep.
  5. Lacking motivation and feeling everything is too bad.
  6. Having thoughts of death or suicide.
  7. Losing interest in food or eating too much.
  8. Losing weight or gaining weight.
  9. Using cigarettes, alcohol or illegal drugs.

Sometimes there are no obvious symptoms of depression, but parents and teachers may notice behavioral changes in young people that suggest depression and should not be ignored, these include:

  1. Social withdrawal
  2. Lower marks at school
  3. Risk-taking behavior
  4. Use of alcohol and drugs.

Depression is one of the major risk factors for suicide and self harm. If a young person is self harming or talking about suicide, it is important that they talk with close and trusted people in their lives such as family members, or friends.

Causes

  1. Family Crisis/Conflict: A child that experiences fight in the family or separation and abuse has chances of being depressed.

2. Fight with friends or being bullied.

3. Abuse – Past physically, sexual, or emotional abuse can increase the vulnerability to clinical depression later in life.

4. Experiencing a break-up in relationship, recent death (of a loved one) abuse or neglect.

5. Certain Medications: There are some medications that when administered to one during a long-term treatment of a chronic sickness that can lead to depression. Sometimes depression is caused by genetic factors or biological factors like chemical imbalances. In all cases, it is important.

EAT WELL; STAY HEALTHY

Some people say that “heath is wealth” I choose to disagree with this statement. The reason for my disagreement is not farfetched; being that health is far more than wealth. If wealth is lost, everything is not lost, but if health is lost, all is lost.

If the above statement is correct then the need to maintain a good health through correct eating habit cannot be emphasized. It is a statement of fact that most ill-healthy conditions are occasioned by wrong foods; some feed on the right foods but in a wrong manner.

One of the common teachings says a person eats in a wrong manner if he/she takes water or any drink while eating. Drinks should be taken 30-60 minutes before or after meals. If a person takes water during a meal, the course of digestion is altered; the water disturbs the activity of the enzymes which helps in breaking down food materials before absorption into the blood stream. When food is not properly digested and waste not properly eliminated, it results in toxins formation which may be reabsorbed into the body, When these toxins get into the blood stream, they alter blood circulation, if this trend continues; it could trigger other factors which may be an onset of an illness.

Most of us are guilty of this canker worm due to ignorance. To this end, our foods should be eaten dry at all times. Water of course could be served on the table with meals in the event at any crisis or accident during the meal.

Eating wrong foods could cause the condition described above. Some foods should be avoided, these include alcohol, roasted/fried foods, red meat, cigarette (smoking) white sugar saccharine, ground white flour product, denatured or over cooked/processed foods, fatty foods (melon, groundnut oil, etc) A whole lot of good foods should be eaten, these include fruits of various kinds; vegetables, honey, herbal teas, vitamins, cod-liver oil, fish, moi-moi, normal carbohydrates, grains food (pap, custard, oats, etc) normal protein, it should be noted that term “normal” used above refers to food crops that grow towards the soil.

It is an ideal thing for individuals or families to review menu time table from time to time to see which foods should continue to feature and which foods should be replaced to obtain maximum health.

It is worth mentioning that our good health is our greatest assets and so should be held with utmost care. our Creator has been king enough to endow us with life; it is incumbent on us to invest every bit of our resources in our health so as to enjoy the best of life. The body should be given what it needs, in the right quality, quantity and manner. We should cultivate daily habit of moderation and also maintain a meaningful balance between work and play.

Less food is required as man advances in age. You should eat small to the point where you are justified and not until you are full. Eat plenty of fruits/vegetables, observe the right food combination; that way, you eat and live longer. And what is more, you will enjoy sound and radiant health throughout your life time. So always stay healthy!

Never Give Yourself To Idleness

Idle is an act of doing nothing. Idleness can be termed as joblessness. Its also describes someone being stagnant in one position for a long period of time and has nothing to do with his/her life. When you often finds yourself in a position of just sit at home, eat, sleep and wake up day in day out, that’s Idleness and it’s never health friendly. Though, sometimes you do take a day or two off from work to rest your muscles due to stress, which is normal and highly recommendable for good healthy living. But, being idle and doing nothing for so long isn’t a good idea; not for your health, not to your family, and not even to the society at large.

Our heavenly Father created us all with a special talent each. Some, He gave five talents, some three and at least almost everybody one. I know it’s so painful when one lost his/her job, but that shouldn’t make you to be idle. There must be something else you’re good at, it may not be as big as your lost job, but then, it’s far more better than being idle and you know the usual adage that says: “an idle man is the devil’s workshop”.

Staying idle for a long time wouldn’t get you another prominent job. You must go out there, get yourself busy with any little work you can lay your hands on while on the other hand continue searching for another job which I strongly believe you’ll succeed.

Having knowledge of a vocational job attached to your professional job is very well recommended. When the professional one doesn’t work out for you anymore, then you can switch over to the vocational. In other words, if you’re a civil servant that works with a bank and at the same time a good graphics designer, if you in anyway have a problem the bank that leads to a sack letter, there’s no way you’ll be idle when you’re good at designing. If you have more than one given talent, don’t hesitate to develop and use it for your own good and for the future unknown.

Furthermore, I believe Idleness is for lazy people. Some people are so lazy to the extent that they find it difficult to manage a company or business willed to them by their parents and I hope you’re not one of them. Good life and money goes together and isn’t easy to come by, you must work and work very hard for it. That’s why it’s good to have expansion in anything you do to make money. Don’t ever rely on one source of income so that when one fails, the other keeps you going forward.

Always me, till infinity, with ❤️, I care!