Depression is a severe despondency and dejection, accompanied by feelings of hopelessness and inadequacy. A condition of mental disturbance, typically with lack of energy and difficulty in maintaining concentration or interest in life

Depression is a mental disease that ails majority of people. Depression is not caused by a virus like a cold or the mumps. There is no blood test that declares the presence of depression. There are many theories on the causation of depression but unfortunately none have been conclusively validated. In the absence of a clear cut understanding of why some people suffer from depression and others do not, the air becomes filled with platitudes that suggest it’s just a matter of “pulling yourself together”.

An interview was done in Monash University South Africa, the faculty and the students being the subject of the interview. Questions such as, what they thought depression was, if they had been affected by it directly or indirectly and according to their own personal opinion how they thought was the best way to handle it were posed to them.

Narlen van Zyl  (Health Department) states that depression is a valid illness that affects the home life, school life and work environment of the ailed person and those around them. Most common symptoms of depression are withdrawal, not wanting to interact with other people. Those around them are affected when they try and pull the ailed people out of their depression. Depression is a disease greatly influenced by family work and financial issues. Counseling and at time medication is necessary.

Monash University just like any other university in the country has a student development department where there are trained personnel ready to deal with such situations. Dashenden Reddy in the student development office says, “Depression is a fairly big thing in this campus (Monash South Africa) and it is due to  many students not managing their time and workload properly. Financial problems are also  a cause. When they (depressed students) come through to our department we assist them be it financial counseling, time management and whatever problems they are going through. There after they cope very well with ongoing counseling and eventually the counseling lessens and they manage themselves”

During the carrying out of my interviews I was able to come across a faculty member that has battled with depression and she sights the following as a way of battling the disease; avoid negative influences. That is things that will easily get you down, sadden you or frustrate you. Find a positive outlet that will help you relieve yourself of all the stress that you encounter; an example is going to the gym. Another unconfirmed scientific aid would be getting out in the sunlight, this stimulates you and plus a walk is also a positive outlet.

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