There is a touch of lightness in the air as sun rays peek through the trees. Each step has a sound which carries a sense of peacefulness. There is calm.
But suddenly, all the lights go out. Nothing remains, not even darkness.
Without any warning, a person can experience an episode of depression without any triggering factor. This is according to psychiatrist Ranier Umali.
Dr. Umali said a person with depression can continue feeling good for months. However, he reiterates that depression is an episodic sickness which patients should be reminded of.
“Minsan, two months na okay na feeling niya ano, biglang darating iyan. Kahit walang trigger iyan. Kapag biglang dumating iyan at hindi alam ng pasyente na iyan ay talagang episode, madedepress ulit iyon, (Sometimes, [a patient] will be okay for two months, but [depression] will suddenly come, even without a trigger. If it comes and the patient is unaware of the episode, he will revert back to being depressed),” he said.
Umali said suicide is the end result of the sickness but depression is not contagious.
“Di siya nakakahawa, because ang suicide is not a sickness it is not infectious. It is a manifestation of a disease process. That is the outcome, (It is not contagious, because suicide is not a sickness),” he said.
However, he clarified that suicide thoughts shared on social media can affect another person.
“Shared thoughts, nadadala ka. Parang mob rule iyon. Nakakaapekto, iba iyong nakakahawa, nakakaapekto [iyon] nakaka-influence iyong thought process, (Shared thoughts can influence you. It is like a mob rule. It is different from being contagious. The thought process can be influential),” he said.
In an episode of UNTV’s morning show Good Morning Kuya, Umali further explained some misconceptions about depression and offered tips to help a person suffering from the disorder.
There are six causes of suicide:
Umali explained that psychosis and depression are the two negative causes of suicide. He also said that the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that 1/3 of the population of a country is depressed.
Depression is not an ordinary kind of sadness
Umali said a person with depression is experiencing severe sadness and anhedonia, which is the inability to feel pleasure.
He explained that this is due to a hormonal imbalance in the brain. Low serotonin levels and low oxygen levels in the brain are some of the factors which puts a person in a depressive mood.
Symptoms of depression
lack of sleep
lack of appetite
Stop giving advises
Relatives and friends of a person suffering from depression are advised not to carelessly give advice to their loved ones with depression. Umali said not to take away control from the patient.
“Stop giving advice because your advice is your solution and not his solution,” he added.
Exercise but not to the point of exhaustion
It is better for a depressed person to try and get out of bed and do exercises, according to Umali. These include outdoor activities, however, he cautions against pushing oneself to exhaustion.
Avoid eating foods with caffeine
Umali listed down the foods a depressed person should avoid, which include drugs, alcohol, soft-drinks, tea, chocolate, and coffee.
“The last person to know whether he or she is depressed is the person himself,” Umali said. “Kaya kayong mga relatives kapag nakita niyo na iyon kayo na ang gumawa ng aksyon para sa kaniya. (So relatives, if you see [the symptoms] take action for his sake)—AAC
Health and environmental advocates urge the public not to burn trash especially in cemeteries during the observance of Undas.
In a joint statement, public health expert Dr. Maricar Limpin and zero waste campaigner Jove Mendoza said there are health and environmental dangers in burning trash.
Exposure to these pollutants can cause breathing difficulties and trigger asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory illnesses, especially among children, the elderly and those already suffering from weakened immune systems,” Limpin said.
Meanwhile, Benosa reiterated that burning trash in public is prohibited. He said among the laws banning and penalizing open burning are Republic Act 9003, or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, and Republic Act 8749, or the Clean Air Act.
“Instead of burning discards, we appeal to cemetery administrators and visitors to follow the provisions of RA 9003, which requires the segregation of discards at source and their ecological management such as by composting the biodegradables and recycling the recyclables,” said Benosa.—AAC
President Rodrigo Duterte plans to have a one-week break according to Senator Bong Go on Thursday (October 24).
This is after the chief executive suffered a lumbar muscle spasm caused by a minor motorcycle accident on October 16.
Go said the president will have his one-week break in Davao after attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Bangkok, Thailand on November 2.
“One week po ang gustong pahinga ng ating mahal na Pangulo para naman po gumaling iyong sakit na nararamdaman niya sa likod niya po dahil sa pagkadisgrasya po sa motor (Our beloved president will have a one-week break for his back pain to heal after he had a motorcycle accident),” he said.
Go clarified that the President will not have a leave of absence and will still continue his paperwork.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
President Rodrigo Duterte is feeling “much better” according to the statement of Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Thursday (October 24).
Panelo said the president underwent a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and medical evaluation on Wednesday (October 23).
“He was diagnosed to be having muscle spasms causing what he described to be an ‘unbearable pain at the pelvic and spinal area’ of his body,” he said.
He added that the doctors has advised the Chief Executive to rest for a couple of days and limit his physical activity.
“The President was advised by his doctor to rest, as well as to take medicines that will relieve him of the pain caused by the muscular spasms,” according to Panelo.
Panelo also confirmed the President will meet with Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua on Thursday to discuss several infrastructure projects in the country.
The President will also continue his local and foreign engagements despite his health situation.
Meanwhile, the presidential spokesperson and the Department of Foreign Affairs have belied reports that President Duterte’s delegation was “snubbed” during the enthronement ceremony of Emperor Naruhito in Japan, causing the President to shorten his visit in the said country.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
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