Umeed charitable trust holds seminar on stress, depression

Umeed Charitable Trust, on Thursday, held a seminar on ‘stress and depression’ in Govt Girls Higher Secondary School at Bijbehara. Ghulam Mohammad Mufti was the chief guest and psychologist Nisar Ahmad was the guest of honour on the occasion. The seminar was presided over by the Chairperson of the trust, Ms Nuzhat.

Nuzhat said that the objective of the seminar was to take youth out of stress and depression.

She said, “We all are witnessing the condition of Valley since July 2016, due to which the youth of Kashmir is depressed. So, we all have to join hands to make them stress free.”

Dr. Hans Selye, one of the leading authorities on the concept of stress, described stress as “the rate of all wear and tear caused by life.”

Stress is defined as “a state of psychological and physiological imbalance resulting from the disparity between situational demand and the individual’s ability and motivation to meet those needs.”

Stress can be positive or negative. It is good when the situation offers an opportunity to a person to gain something. It acts as a motivator for peak performance. However, it is negative when a person faces social, physical, organizational and emotional problems.

Depression is an illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts and that affects the way a person eats, sleeps, feels about himself or herself, and thinks about things. It is not a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be wished away. People with depression cannot merely ‘pull themselves together’ and get better. Without treatment, symptoms can last for weeks, months, or years. Appropriate treatment, however, can help most people with depression, he said.


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