Depression in today’s world has become one of the most frequently diagnosed mental health concerns faced by people of all generations. Many either confuse depression with sadness or short term melancholy or don’t want to acknowledge it all. This type of ignorance can be extremely harmful to the overall mental well-being of a person.
What is Depression?
Depression is diagnosed as a mental health concern; which is caused due to the non-adaptive reaction to a painful event and suppressing of one’s emotion. It leads to a feeling of non-stop sadness and lack of interest in activities once enjoyed. It also causes various emotional and physical problems and interferes with a person’s private and social functioning.
Though many times easily confused with sadness, there is a vast difference between being depressed and feeling sad. Grieving or feeling sad after something painful comes rather naturally to humans. It’s a temporary state that may last maximum to a week or two. But depression which is caused by the suppression of emotions and not letting them out in a healthy manner may last months or even years if not treated in time.
If symptoms like feeling irritable/restless, losing interest in favourite activities, decrease or increase in sleep and appetite, inability to concentrate or having suicidal thoughts frequently last for more than two weeks the person may be diagnosed for depression.
According to the American Psychiatric Association, “Depression affects an estimated one in 15 adults (6.7%) in any given year. And one in six people (16.6%) will experience depression at some time in their lives. Depression can strike at any time, but on average, first appears during the late teens to the mid-20s. Women are more likely than men to experience depression. Some studies show that one-third of women will experience a major depressive episode in their lifetime”. Some likely reasons for depression include childhood trauma, continuous exposure to violence/abuse, lack of acceptance in private/public spheres or/and inability to cope from devastating events like death.
How does Feeljoy Mobile App help with depression?
FeelJoy- Mental Well-being for Anxiety is an android app created by professionals to be a mental health companion for the user. It has a simple psychometric test that tells you your anxiety level and many self-help queries that may provide related solutions.
The ‘Buddy Project’ which is one of the best features in this app provides you with individuals, who are available to talk and listen to you. One of our biggest problems is when we are going through something rather painful or worrisome we don’t want to talk about it with anyone, as we fear being judged.
Keeping that in mind FeelJoy gives you a safe environment where you can anonymously talk to the individuals provided by a chat system, who will listen to you and give you positive advice and motivation when required. All the above-stated features are currently cost-free. This app has great reviews and people who have used it said it helped them in coping with their problems and was a great help during stressful periods in their lives. The main motive of this app is to increase mental health awareness in society by providing a safe and secure place for the people in need.