How To Battle Depression | UPSC

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IASbhai Daily Editorial Hunt | How To Battle Depression | UPSC| 25th June 2020

“What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.” –Oscar Wilde

Dear Aspirants
IASbhai Editorial Hunt is an initiative to dilute major Editorials of leading Newspapers in India which are most relevant to UPSC preparation –‘THE HINDU, LIVEMINT , INDIAN EXPRESS’ and help millions of readers who find difficulty in answer writing and making notes everyday. Here we choose two editorials on daily basis and analyse them with respect to UPSC MAINS 2020.

EDITORIAL HUNT 91 :How to battle depression

How To Battle Depression UPSC

Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’

Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ is Human Resource Development Minister, Government of India

      HEADLINES:

How to battle depression

      CENTRAL THEME:

Finding meaning in life through love and work and being socially connected are important

SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 4: Ethical Issue : Stress Management : Individual Personality and Value : How To Battle Depression | UPSC

      MAINS QUESTION:

Finding the real purpose of life has been a difficult task for the aspiring generation . Depression is a client of miscommunication .Substantiate -(GS 4)

      LEARNING: 

  • How to handle depression ?
  • Possible ways of life .
  • Stress management .

      INTRODUCTION: 

  • Bright star in Bollywood ended his life owing to depression.
  • He was also a budding entrepreneur. It is sad that a prodigious actor and an exceptional citizen is no longer with us.

Life is sometimes filled with anxiety, internal conflict, disharmony, uncertainty and fear of the unknown.  

  • One tends to feel like a stranger to one’s self.
  • COVID-19 has acted as a catalyst inducing angst in the life of individuals who are already stressed because of various factors and modern lifestyles.

      BODY: 

STRESS IN MODERN LIFE

MANY FACTORS AFFECT STRESS MANAGEMENT :

  • More engagement with technology and less with people.
  • More focus on “success” (the ends) rather than the process of learning (the means).
  • Never-ending aspirations.
  • Relationship issues.
  • Impatience while doing tasks.
  • Looking for instant gratification.
  • Too many choices and the limitations of the human mind to choose wisely.

SOCIO CULTURAL STRESS :

  • Bridging of gender inequalities.
  • Increase in employment of women.
  • Growth and development of urban and peri-urban areas.
  • Interference of the media and social media in every aspect of life,
  • Disruption in the traditional joint family system.

  There is an underlying strain on the socio-cultural fabric.

DEPRESSION

  • UNEMPLOYED STRESS : Some of this stress, if not handled well, can push human beings into depression.

DEFINITION
Viktor Frankl, who was detained in Nazi concentration camps, studied the source of depression and found that it is the lack of meaning in life.

  • DISCOVERY OF LIFE :Individuals who are able to discover meaning tend to achieve the will and strength to endure life.

UNDERSTANDING MEANING OF LIFE :

  • Meaning can be found in love and work.
  • Love for fellow beings is what motivates a person to work or take action.
  • If we can base our actions and work on a shared love for family members and society at large, we can find effective meaning in life.

The Art of Living’ involves managing the self for others.

PRESCRIPTIONS FOR DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY

  • Tagore believed that being socially connected was an antidote to the mental estrangement that plague-affected people were undergoing in 1918.
  • He organised many events in the Ashram which ensured that social connections existed despite physical distance.

 Ill were not the enemy; the illness was.

  •  Rig Vedic dicta, Yatra Visvam Bhavati Ekanidam (where the whole world meets in a single nest) and Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (the world is one family).

      IASbhai Windup: 

CONNECTING WITH OTHERS

  • Besides finding meaning in life, social connect is very important.
  • COMMUNICATION : Positive and continuous communication is the key to end the misery of anxiety, depression and stress to achieve higher levels of well-being.
  • IMMEDIATE NEIGHBOURHOOD : Family, relatives and friends have to watch out for signs in their near and dear ones of persistent sadness, aloofness, loss of interest in activities and appetite, negative thoughts including about self-harm, and provide immediate support and connect.
  • DESTIGMATISE : We must not stigmatise the condition of mental health issues; it can happen to anyone.
  • SUPPORT : Lending support to our family and friends to tide over the difficult times with love and care is always great !

IN DOING SO, WE WILL FIND MEANING IN OUR OWN LIVES.

  • Individuals should work for society and for themselves so that they are part of communities.
  • This spirit of harmony between individual and society glued by communication is the best way we can overcome stress, anxiety and depression.
       SOURCES:   THE HINDU EDITORIAL | How To Battle Depression | UPSC

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