Circle of Help for Depression
Date: 30 April 2009
See the signs
Everyone goes through periods of sadness, for example following the death of loved ones, broken relationships, financial mishaps or even after receiving bad news. But not everyone who is sad suffers from depression.
Clinically, a person is diagnosed as depressed when a significant number or all of the symptoms below occur over a two-week period, or more.
Inability to enjoy activities that one would previously enjoy doing (anhedonia)
Persistent depressed mood, unhappiness and irritability
Loss of interest in recreational activity and friends
Loss of energy and concentration
Deterioration in school or work performance
Drastic weight change
Disturbed sleep (usually early morning awakening, followed by inability to go back to sleep)
Thoughts of worthlessness
Somatic complaints e.g. headache, abdominal pain
Erratic mood and behaviour
Tempting death (by doing risky activities such as standing on edge of window, driving through red lights)
Talking about suicide
Donít hesitate to get help for yourself (or someone you know) for depression. Below are some numbers you can call for assistance.
The Befrienders Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-7956 8144/8145 (24 hours)
The Befrienders Penang
Tel: 04-281 1108 (3pm-midnight)
Agape Counselling Centre Malaysia
Tel: 03-7785 5955
Lifeline Association of Malaysia
71-2nd Floor, Jin Jejaka 2, 55100 Taman Maluri, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-9282 1995 (Monday to Friday, 7pm-10pm)
Dropzone (Open to those between 13 and 20 years of age)
No. 92A, First Floor, Jalan Othman 1/14, 46000 Petaling Jaya.
Tel: 03-7782 7448 (Monday to Friday, 11am-6pm. Closed on weekends)