Signs of Depression

 A sign of depression can be a debilitating and serious illness that can pervade through a persons family, work or school life. It can interfere with sleep, eating habits and health in general.

A depressed person will exhibit a low mood that affects all aspects of their life coupled with an inability to experience pleasure in activities that were otherwise enjoyed They may ruminate over, or be preoccupied with, thoughts and feelings of worthlessness, guilt, regret, hopelessness and self hate. They may feel physical symptoms such as loss of appetite and libido, bowel problems, or stomache pain.

If you think you might fit this picture, it may be helpful to ask yourself the following questions:

* Have you lost interest in hobbies, sport, entertainment, your job or other activities that you previously took pleasure in?

* Has your appetite changed so that you have either lost or gained a significant amount of weight?

* Have you slowed down physically to the extent that other people have noticed, or alternatively do you find you cant keep still because you feel a continual sense of restlessness and agitation?

* Are you experiencing sleep disturbances such as insomnia, early morning rising, or feeling like you could sleep all day?

* Do you have frequent thoughts or feelings of worthlessness or guilt over past misdeeds?

* Do you have problems concentrating or making decisions?

* Do your thoughts dwell on suicide or death?

If you answered yes to most of these questions you may have sign of depression and it is very important to get professional advise Many people feel they should cope on their own or feel embarrassed about what they might view as a personal failing. Sign of depression is a like any other illness that requires medication and intervention and your GP is the best placed person to do this. Other professionals able to assist include Psychologists, socialworkers, and community mental health teams.

Author: Natasha McLean - Mental Health Site

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Medha Patkar is a well-known Indian social activist, environmentalist, politician, and social worker working towards several optical and economic issues of the farmers, Dalits, Tribals, laborers, and women facing injustice in India. Born to socially active parents, Medha pursued her MA in social work from Tata Institute of Social Science after which she worked with voluntary organizations in Mumbai slums for 5 years and tribal districts of North-East districts of Gujarat for 3 years. She is the founder member of Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) in three states namely, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat where she fought for the rights of people affected by the Sardar Sarovar Dam project which aims at building dams across the Narmada River especially those whose homes will be submerged but have not yet been rehabilitated. She is a founder member of the National Alliance People's Movement (NAPM), an alliance of hundreds of progressive people's organizations. NAPM filled several public litigations including those against Adarsh Society, Lavasa Megacity, Hiranandani (Powai, Mumbai), and many other builders.

Since 1992, the NBA has been running Jeevanshala's several schools set up in the Narmada valley. Over 5,000 students have already passed out of school. They are also working consistently in health, environment protection, right to food and PDS, rehabilitation, and employment sector. With the help of local communities, she developed several alternatives for education, energy generation, and water harvesting. She took up 'fasting' for 22 days, in which she was nearly dead but continued the same in 1993. In 1994, she was attacked by some people physically and verbally abuse her but woman of courage, Medha was immovable. She is a member of the world commission on dams, which works towards finding the environmental, social, political, and economic aspects and impacts of the development of large dams globally and their alternatives. For many years she was a national coordinator, followed by conveyor of NAPM, she stills continues to be n advisor to NAPM. She is a proud recipient of numerous awards including the Goldman Environmental Prize, Amnesty International Human Rights Defender's Award, the BBC's Green Ribbon Award, MA Thomas National Human Rights Award, Mahatma Phule Award, Bhimabai Ambedkar Award and Mother Teresa Award for Social Justice.

Throughout her life, she preached human rights and believed in two vital philosophies- the right to life and livelihood.

My research into social networking sites for social workers suffering from or open to stress at work has resulted in a major finding; it can be an appropriate wellbeing stress buster if used wisely. As a social work professional connecting with family friends and even business colleagues on social networking sites can be a huge stress relieving advantage.

It is a way of reconnecting very quickly and efficiently with people who support you do your job from your own networks, networks which you can build up just to do that.

It can be very frustrating to be working for an organisation that has a policy of not enabling workers to access social networking sites on the company internet.

Social workers have to work long hours with very difficult situations, if they are able to build a supportive circle of friends around them to support them this should be encouraged. However it does need the support of their organisations to be in agreement that this is a worthwhile tool.

The disadvantages

Some social workers may take inappropriate advantage of being able to access social networking sites; they may not get on with their work or they may be running their businesses on company time

The remedy

Organisations can have restricted access at various times say before the working day as a lot of social workers have to come in early to work when the office is quiet, before the phones start to ring and service users come in on duty or for appointments Certain sites or activities can be monitored good policies can be put in place to help workers understand the issues

The advantages

Workers can use social networking as a way to offer support to each other and to relieve the tensions of the day. There are a lot of social workers who are now using these mediums to share information and to offer good and useful information; this also includes Schools of Social Worker and Universities and other statutory social work organisations. Workers can connect with family and friends around the world Workers can arrange their social life and therefore ensure they have good breaks from their caring roles


Finally social workers not allow the process of social networking to give them additional stress. You should continue to make sure you protect yourself on- line; choosing where you go and how long you spend on social networking sites wisely and making sure that you do not break the policies of the agency you work for.