Workshop on ‘Depression & Anxiety in Youth’

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 2/10/2020 10:11:56 AM IST

Tetso College conducted a workshop on “depression and anxiety in youth” at its college on February 10. 

A press release from Tetso College stated that, Rev. Dr. Ellen C. Jamir, associate professor of Pastoral Care & Counselling, Oriental Theological Seminary as resource person said that, “depression can occur to anyone irrespective of gender, class, or age. Even kids can be depressed.” Dr. Ellen informed the gathering which included students of Tetso College and ICFAI University about the various symptoms of the two ailments. While the emotional changes in a person suffering from depression included feelings of sadness, grief or loss, feeling of hopelessness, loss of interest in things, feeling of low self-esteem, extreme sensitivity, lack of concentration, thoughts of death or suicide, the behavioral changes may include fatigue, loss of appetite or gluttony, loss of sleep or oversleeping, restlessness or lethargy, body ache, and self-harm, she said. She attributed the cause of depression to be accumulation of stress while also pointing to other factors such as hormonal imbalance, inherited traits, early childhood trauma and other health issues.
She also cautioned although it was not unnatural to experience bouts of loneliness, sadness, anger, frustration sometimes, one needs to be concerned and pay attention when these negative emotions occur for two weeks or more at a stretch. Both depression and anxiety can be treated effectively if they are diagnosed in the initial stages whereas a problem in society is that people seek treatment too late, she stated.
Dr. Ellen asserted that prevention is the best and safest measure when it comes to depression and anxiety and advised understanding what causes stress and taking steps to control it. 
Earlier, the programme was chaired by Soreithing Ramror of BA 6th semester, invocation prayer pronounced by Beuken Phom of BA 6th semester, special song sung by Chubamenla of BA 6th semester, and vote of thanks speech delivered by Ghukha Chophy of BA 6th semester.
The workshop was organized by the Student Christian Movement of India (SCMI) Tetso College Unit in collaboration with DOT Talks.

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