What you can do if you think you are depressed

Some 10% of Zimbabweans have mental health issues according to the World Health Organisation.

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With the country’s economy in the Slough of Despond, depression has become very common.

And when it happens it is not something out of the ordinary as we all go through it sometimes.

But if you do feel depressed these are some of the WHO tips on what to do.

  • Talk to someone you trust about your feelings. Most people feel better after talking to someone who cares about them.
  • Seek professional help. Your local health-care worker or doctor is a good place to start.
  • Remember that with the right help, you can get better.
  • Keep up with activities that you used to enjoy when you were well.
  • Stay connected. Keep in contact with family and friends.
  • Exercise regularly, even if it’s just a short walk.
  • Stick to regular eating and sleeping habits.
  • Accept that you might have depression and adjust your expectations. You may not be able to accomplish as much as you do usually.
  • Avoid or restrict alcohol intake and refrain from using illicit drugs; they can worsen depression.
  • If you feel suicidal, contact someone for help immediately.

Depression can be treated. Seek help