Rise in cases of depression among women in Vijayawada causes concern

A rise in women seeking treatment for depression in Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh, is worrying mental health professionals.

Doctors say that anti-depressant medicines will only help in suppressing the signs, and is not effective long-term. Others say the depression is due to biological changes. Therefore, medication is the only answer.

Depression is usually caused due to a decrease in levels of serotonin. This neurotransmitter can cause depression. Anti-depressants will help in increasing the levels of serotonin. But relying on depressants all the time is not the right way.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified that depression is one of the most common illnesses in the world. It affects over 30 crore people around the globe. Nearly eight lakh people die of depression every year.

Experts say that methods like psychotherapy only work for people with mild depression. People who are undergoing sleep problems, or have suicidal tendencies, must be given proper medication for treatment.

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