Last updated on: February 10, 2020 at 11:28 pm IST
Dimapur, February 10: “Depression can occur to anyone irrespective of gender, class, or age. Even kids can be depressed,” said Rev Dr Ellen C Jamir while speaking as the resource person at a workshop on ‘Depression & anxiety in youth’ held at Tetso College on February 10.
The one-day workshop was organized by the Student Christian Movement of India (SCMI) Tetso College Unit in collaboration with DOT Talks with an aim to disseminate information and create awareness on the issues of depression and anxiety among teens in Naga society today.
During the session, Dr Ellen informed the gathering, which included students of Tetso College and ICFAI University, about the various symptoms of the two ailments. While the emotional changes in a person suffering from depression include feelings of sadness, grief or loss, feeling of hopelessness, loss of interest in things, feeling of low self-esteem, extreme sensitivity, lack of concentration, thoughts of death or suicide, the behavioral changes may include fatigue, loss of appetite or gluttony, loss of sleep or oversleeping, restlessness or lethargy, body ache, and self-harm, she said.
The resource person primarily attributed the cause of depression to be accumulation of stress while also pointing to other factors such as hormonal imbalance, inherited traits, early childhood trauma and other health issues.
The Associate Professor of Pastoral Care & Counselling at Oriental Theological Seminary commented that although it is not unnatural to experience bouts of loneliness, sadness, anger, frustration sometimes, one needs to be concerned and pay attention when these negative emotions occur for two weeks or more at a stretch.
Both depression and anxiety can be treated effectively if they are diagnosed in the initial stages whereas a problem in our society is that people seek treatment too late, she stated.
Depression and anxiety should be diagnosed and treated early because they affect a person’s overall well being, emotional and mental health, she reiterated, and called upon the students not to be ashamed or embarrassed to talk about such issues.
Earlier, the programme was chaired by Soreithing Ramror of BA 6th Semester.
(Page News Service)