8 Types of Depression You May ...

Types of Depression! Does depression have types? According to WHO (World Health Organization), India is the most depressed country in the world. The shocking statistics from WHO suggest that there is a lack of awareness in the country and the stigma associated with it is very high. Majority of people know what is depression but […]

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Why Some People Are More Prone...

It may seem freaky, bizarre to some, but yes it is true- many people around the world are prone to depression! It’s not just us who are telling but also research findings have proved it. “The prevalence of depression globally has been increasing in recent decades ranging from 20% to 25% in women and about […]

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How I got addicted to Alcohol?

Hello, this is Raajan Vasudev Menon from Bangalore. I am a recovered alcohol addict who’s just out of a rehab centre. I like to share my story to all, especially parents on- how your alcohol practice may affect your children’s life. There is no confusion from where to start with. For every annual leave, I […]

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Depression or Sadness- how do ...

Nobody would welcome the feelings of dejection or sadness, but feeling low can sometimes feel like a  normal emotion, and a natural response to disappointment or loss. But it is vital to note that if this sadness persists for a long duration of time, it can be devastating. However, depression is a mental health condition […]

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Why is Overcoming Alcohol Addi...

Alcohol addiction does lead to bad behaviours and is dangerous. But why is Overcoming Alcohol Addiction So Hard? “I admire anyone who rids himself of an addiction” – Gene Tierney Overcoming Alcohol Addiction is Hard- why? A person may not admit he is an alcoholic as he starts out seeking or experiencing a sense of […]

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How to beat stigma around Dementia and reach out for help?

beat dementia stigmaSeptember is observed as a ‘World Alzheimer’s Month’ to raise the awareness about dementia and its impact on the world’s adult population. It is a progressive brain illness that affects memory, cognitive thinking and behaviour, compromising an individual’s ability to carry out his or her day-today tasks. Some of the facts to note on Dementia.

  • World Health Organisation(WHO) recognises Dementia as a truly global health issue. As per an estimate, the illness affects 47.5 million people worldwide. The number is expected to increase to 75.6 million in 2030. About 7.7 million cases are reported each year worldwide.
  • Dementia is not a disease in itself. It is a term used to define collective symptoms like memory loss, confusion, delusions, hallucinations, disorientation, difficulty in communication, etc, caused by other diseases or conditions.
  • Alzheimer’s Disease, Vascular Dementia, Frontotemporal Dementia and Dementia with Lewy Bodies are all different types of Dementia. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia.
  • While dementia hits at older age of 65 years and over, it is not a part of getting older. About 5% of dementia cases are reported with early onset of symptoms at the age of 40-50.
  • Dementia is a progressive disease which continues to worsen with increasing age.
  • It can affect anyone irrespective of their sex, background, education or lifestyle
  • There are no specific medications available currently to treat dementia. However, certain medications and treatments can help alleviate or manage some of the behavioural or psychological symptoms.

The social stigma surrounding dementia hinders early diagnosis and timely care which can help the patient lead a relatively better life. Dementia patients and their families often face discrimination which stems from lack of awareness. It is important for family members, friends and caregivers, to speak up and spread the awareness and change the overall perception of the illness which drive such negative connotations.

How to overcome the stigma?

  • Connect and engage with online and local support groups to discuss and learn more about dementia.
  • Education is a best way to tackle fear and stigma. Create better awareness among online and local communities by sharing factual information.
  • Many dismiss dementia as just one of the aging signs. Stay positive and do not be discouraged by denial of the disease. You can educate them about the disease and seek help.
  • Stay connected to your family, friends and colleagues for emotional support.
  • Only you can be the best advocate of your situation. As a person suffering from dementia or caregiving for one, you can share the personal experience and challenges with others, to eradicate the stigma surrounding it.

 

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