Depression is a common mental disorder. Globally, more than 264 million people of all ages suffer from depression
Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease. More women are affected by depression than men.
Depression can raise the risk of an earlier death for anyone, but the condition is particularly deadly for women and they are even more at risk of dying early from the effects of depression than they were decades ago.
Depression can also have a nasty spiral affect, leading to shattered relationship, lost work time, and increased smoking and drinking.
Depression hits the heart, depression is also a widespread but under diagnosed condition
Depression can lead to suicide. Depression can also shave years of your life. Difficulty sleeping, loos of appetite and changes in activity are some other everyday signals. With depression, one loses the ability to take pleasure in anything one once said. Despite lots of research, through, there are still many unknowns about depression.
For example, there's a genetic component, but the gene hasn't been found
According to a recent study published in Canadian Medical Association Journal, depression can shorten both men and women's lifespan by 10 years and more. Women, however, began notching higher levels of mortality from depression only in the 1990s. For either sex, depression is connected to other serious disease such as cancer and heart disease that can be silent and deadly.
Depression also stresses the body, releasing high levels of cortisol and changing blood pressure. This increase heart attack risk.
Infact, death rates for depression heart patients are double than that for non-depressed ones, according to another study published in Science Daily.
There are effective psychological and pharmacological treatments for moderate and severe depression
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