The need for a healthier lifestyle against the risks posed by depression and other Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) such as hypertension, breast cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, among others. This article aim to raise awareness in our community on the scourge of NCD. All these are targeted at reducing the health risks posed by NCD to Nigerians.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression. Another stated that suicidal attempts are most prevalent among youths of the age group 15 to 29 years old.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 7.6 percent of people over the age of 12 have depression in any 2-week period. This is substantial and shows the scale of the issue.

Sadness, feeling down, having a loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities, these are symptoms familiar to all of  us. But, if they persist and affect our life substantially, it may be depression.

Depression  is an illness characterized by persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities that you normally enjoy, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities, for at least two weeks. According to records, one in five Nigerians is at a risk of hypertension and sudden death due to unhealthy habits.

There are ways depression can be managed; take your medications properly and timely, learning about depression/education about depression, pay attention to warning signs, avoid alcohol and recreational drugs, Stick to treatment plan and take care of yourself.

Managing depression requires a multidisciplinary process. Depression is treatable and most people get better with treatment. If you think you may be depressed, the first step to seeking treatment is to talk to your health care provider.

Diagnosis of depression starts with a consultation with a doctor or mental health specialist. It is important to seek the help of a health professional to rule out different causes of depression, ensure an accurate differential diagnosis, and secure safe and effective treatment.

Any treatment for depression should coincide with a healthy diet and regular sleep schedule. It may sound simplistic, but the importance of taking care of your body cannot be overstated.

There are various methods you could use to sooth the symptoms of depression. All of us could stand to exercise more often, but exercise is especially helpful for the depressed mind. It enables you to better handle stress, and the endorphins released during exercise give you a mental boost. Aside from the mental health benefits, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that physical activity helps you sleep better at night.

Yoga is a more accessible form of exercise, because it doesn’t require equipment and because many of the moves and poses do not require much effort. Meditation is a highly effective way of clearing your head and calming your body.