Turning 40 is a major life event for people across the globe, including India. At midlife, both men and women mostly experience significant alterations. A few examples of these typically include relationship changes such as the loss of a loved one, bodily variations, as well as fluctuations in their mood and mental makeup. Whilst differences in physical health are taken seriously by most, concern for mental wellness may take a backseat in majority of the patients. This is especially true of a country like India where mental health doesn’t generate adequate attention and awareness and there is a certain stigma attached to seeking mental help for conditions such as stress, anxiety, and depression.
Ironically, according to WHO reports, India is noted to be one of the most depressed nations in the world. Moreover, the incidence of depression is 50% higher in women than in men and more critically, it is the most important precursor of suicide and will be the second cause of Global Disease Burden by the year 2020. Hence it is of crucial importance to take it extremely seriously. People with a prior personal or family history of depression, stress or mental illness should be particularly vigilant as they stand at a higher risk than the rest of the population.