Understanding Depression in Kuwait



Here’s a story about a 16-year-old Kuwaiti girl who was found dead in her home. How did she die? She hung herself in the bathroom after being expelled from school. Although the details of her story is still unknown, investigators working on this case have officially concluded that the girl suffered from depression.

Although we do not know the specific circumstances surrounding the girl’s suicide, this incident occurred amidst a region in which I believe depression is largely misunderstood. What I find to be truly and utterly sad is that many suicides could be prevented if only people understood the symptoms of depression and the gravity of the condition.


In Kuwait alone, there is an astonishingly high rate of depression. A Pubmed study conducted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) examined 2320 Kuwaiti men and women to find out how often depression occurs within the GCC. The results showed that a whopping 37% of participants screened positive for depression or other anxiety disorders.

Before we even talk about improving services, people in the Arab region must understand that depression is an actual psychological condition. Depression is often perceived as merely a feeling of being upset or down when it’s actually a complex disease that has a variety of causes ranging from genetics to past traumas to major life changes to the loss of a loved one. It’s so important if you have depression to seek help with your symptoms, for example by trying these twisted extracts which help you to relax.

Depression is not just about someone feeling bad or upset, it is an illness and it’s as dangerous and mind-blowingly consuming of one’s body and soul – and potentially grave consequences can be avoided if people just knew the symptoms and how to deal with them.

According to WebMD, here are a few things to look out for:

– Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions

– Fatigue or out of energy

-Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness

– Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism

-Insomnia or excessive sleeping

– Irritability and restlessness

– Loss of interest in activities or hobbies that were once pleasurable, including sex

– Overeating or appetite loss

– Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment

– Self- harm & thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts

If you or a person you know is struggling with depression, look for a treatment that will best help them. Medication and therapy are the most common treatments of depression but when they don’t work then TMS therapy may be used. For the time being, find support groups in your area or online so you know where to go to get treatment. There are others who will listen and provide needed support. If you’re scared to tell people in your life, you can remain anonymous by seeking help online in this global community chatroom dedicated to helping people who suffer depression.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for natural solutions to treating depression, you might want to try organic CBD oil. Products containing CBD have been shown to have health boosting properties so are frequently used as a supplement to treat the symptoms of mental health conditions.

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