More often than not, people associate depression, anxiety and mental breakdown as signs of weakness. Society stigmatizes people with mental problems as ‘weak of faith’, ‘not trying hard enough’, ‘not praying hard enough’ which couldn’t be further from the truth. Despite whatever people’s opinions are, I’ve always believed that they are signs of a person having tried for so long to remain strong.

Imbalance in the neurotransmitters which are involved regulating our mood may have been the culprit behind these episodes of mental breakdowns and series of depression. But extreme pressure at home and the workplace also can contribute to this problem. Most of the people that fall into a series of depression do not receive the emotional support that they need. Higher chances are that they either keep their frustrations to themselves fearing the judgments from the people around them.

Mental health is also linked to genetics and hereditary. If it runs in the family, they have higher chances of developing it. Poor nutrition and physical health problems could also contribute to depression.

According to our national statistic, by 2020, mental illness is expected to be the second biggest health problem affecting Malaysians after heart disease. That’s how rampant this problem is. How do you know you’re dealing with it? When you lose interest in activities once you’ve enjoyed so much, or when months go by but you still can’t shake the sadness you’re feeling over something off your shoulder.

Depression is actually treatable especially when detected early, but sadly less than 25% of those affected seeks proper medical help and many of them remain undiagnosed due to the stigmas they’re facing associated with mental health issues. If you find yourself struggling with this problem, don’t be afraid of seeking professional help from a healthcare provider.

Measures to prevent depression and anxiety include exercising to increase the level of endorphins (positive feeling hormones), getting enough sleep, integrate healthy lifestyle and diet will also help with mental health. Dietary supplements packed with Vitamin E and antioxidants can help to regulate our mood. Tocotrienols + Vit E and Seabuckthorn from Dr Nabisar are a good source of Vit E and antioxidants especially for people with a busy and hectic life that want to incorporate these bio-actives into their diet.