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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.

  • Poor appetite

  • 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)

    Website: www.befrienders.org.my

    The Befrienders Penang

    Tel: 04-281 1108 (3pm-midnight)

    Website: www.befrienders.org.my

    Agape Counselling Centre Malaysia

    Tel: 03-7785 5955

    E-mail: Agape1@po.jaring.my

    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)


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