Depression

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Depression is a state of low mood while Major Depressive Disorder (which is often simply termed Depression) is a mood disorder characterized by constant low mood , dysphoria , sleep disorders and anhedonia for a period of over two weeks .


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Symptoms

Following are the symptoms of depression:-

  1. Constant Low mood which persists throughout the day.
  2. Anhedonia or inability to feel pleasure in normally pleasurable activities such as hobbies, sexual activity , exercise and so on. E.g- You might stop liking going out with friends,taking part in cultural activities and so on.
  3. Dysphoria or a general dissatisfaction with Life .E.g- Feeling that you are a "loser" or you are "not good enough".
  4. Physical symptoms such as back pain or constant head ache and sleep disorders which may include sleeping too much or too frequently or insomnia or the inability to fall asleep for extended periods. E.g. Waking up extremely late and missing classes and labs in the morning ,inability to sleep at night and so on.
  5. They cannot make sense of their world,do illogical things.

Causes

Although the causes of Depression include various psychological ,biological ,social factors , common causes of depression on Campus are:-

  1. Social isolation from friends and wingmates.
  2. Relationship troubles and family problems.
  3. Failing courses and being unable to keep up with academics.
  4. Extremely competitive environment which places high emphasis on grades.


Prevention and Management

Antidepressants and talk therapy are the most widely used treatments for depression today.


Antidepressants have been shown to work well for people with severe depression .However, many studies showed little to none efficacy in cases of mild to low depression Moreover, the efficacy varies significantly from person to person.

The most widely accepted and empirically validated therapy today is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy(CBT) . It proposes that thoughts , emotions and behavior are interconnected , i.e your thoughts affect your emotions and behavior and so on. Depressed individuals tend to have overly negative mental schemas(thought patterns) which cause them to evaluate themselves, the world and the future in an unrealistically negative way. Using a variety of Cognitive(Thought) and behavioral techniques , the schemas of the patient are modified to help her/him get more active, adopt a more realistic world view and pursue pleasurable activities Playing outdoor games helps a lot it reduces stress,it is relaxing and healing.


Getting Help In Campus

If you think that you might be suffering from depression please do not attempt to cure yourself by reading things on the internet or using advice from your friends. Depression is a serious medical condition and it's treatment is best left to the experts. Also you can schedule an appointment with a counsellor at Counselling Service. Discussing your problems with someone close(from your family or friend circle) will help you get the support you need during this tough time.

Counsellors

Students can come for a one-on-one counselling session(free of cost) with counsellors to discussing anything that might be troubling them. The Counselling Sessions aim to provide a confidential environment where one can express him/herself without fear of being judged .

Sharmistha Chakroborty
Email- sharmist@iitk.ac.in
Contact- 0512-259-7784, 0983-897-7431
Rita Shukla
Email- rita@iitk.ac.in
Contact- 09889-420-588
Shoukath Ali
Email- shoukath@iitk.ac.in
Contact- 08174-867-876

Psychiatrists

The Institute has two psychiatrists who visit the campus on a regular basis. Students are informed about psychiatrist visits in advance through email. The visits are kept at regular intervals throughout the semester.

Dr. Alok Bajpai: Dr. Bajpai is trained in Psychiatry from NIMHANS, Bangalore. Apart from practicing general Psychiatry, a consistent focus of his work has been with child and adolescent mental health, and he has established a unique child and adolescent mental health center in Kanpur. Email:alokbajp@gmail.com

Dr. Sanjay Mahendru: Dr. Sanjay Mahendru is a graduate from G.S.V.M. Medical College, Kanpur. He has done his MD Psychiatry from K.G. Medical College, Lucknow. Currently, besides being actively involved in practice, he is also conducting quality research in the form of clinical drug trials. Email:sanjay.mahendru@yahoo.co.in

Help Someone with depression

If you think your friend or wingmate has depression, Help your friend. If he/she resists getting help for depression,don't just let him/her suffer in silence. Make conversation about what they are going through,try to understand their situation and accept their condition. Encourage them to take help. Take your friend out with you to the party or maybe play games. The point is: SPEND some time with your friend, only then can you help them.

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