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Wednesday, 22 August, 2018
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"Love is not as important as good health. You cannot be in love if you're not healthy. You can't appreciate it"
- Bryan Cranston
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Health Matters - Depression, Drinking Water…
“Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that's very important for good health”
Health Matters! This week on NGO Pulse, we focus on health - Depression and the benefits of drinking water.
What is depression? Who suffers more from depression, men or women? Do teenagers suffer from depression? There are more questions about the disorder, personally I never understood what depression was until I read a few articles about this illness.
There are normal life stressors and feelings that can lead to depression such as losing a loved one, getting fired from a job or feeling sad, lonely and scared. However, in the case of individuals who are diagnosed with depression as a psychiatric disorder, the manifestations of the low mood are much more severe and they tend to persist. People with depression often find it difficult to talk about their condition with family and in the workplace, due to the stigma associated with mental illness. There is often an impression, people suffering from depression are lazy and should snap out of it.
One of the serious consequences of depression is suicide which is among the leading causes of death in people aged 15 to 29 years. There are different types of depressive disorders, and while there are many similarities among them, each depressive disorder has its own unique set of symptoms and the most commonly diagnosed form of depression is Major Depressive Disorder. This is characterised by at least five of the diagnostic symptoms of which at least one of them is either an overwhelming feeling of sadness or a loss of interest and pleasure in most usual activities. Other symptoms include decrease or increase in appetite, insomnia or hypersomnia, psycho motor agitation or retardation, constant fatigue etc.
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The guideline states that despite the benefits of water, many people prefer other drinks such as cool drink, fruit juice, coffee, tea, milk or sport drinks. These beverages could contribute to the daily energy intake. For instance, a glass of regular sweetened carbonated cool drink contains at least 418 kJ, while a glass of artificially sweetened cool drink contains less than 5 kJ, making the latter a far better choice for an overweight or inactive adult. Water is highly recommended for daily fluid intake. Despite the focus on hydration and de-hydration in many official reports, some studies have shown that plain water consumption is associated with better diets, better health behaviours, and a lower burden of chronic disease.
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