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Effects of Depression

Depression can happen to anybody irrespective of age,gender,race, etc. Of course some people are more vulnerable to suffer from depression than others. Various factors play a role in causing Depression with implication across gender, age, economics, etc.
Here are some of the effects of Depression:

Elderly:Even some health professionals may mistakenly think that depression is an acceptable response to other serious illnesses and the social and financial hardships that often accompany aging – an attitude often shared by older people themselves. The importance of aging brain, depletion of brain hormones and shrinkage of brain tissue is often underestimated. Depression in elderly is often caused by brain tissue loss because of diabetes and high blood pressure.

Children:Common folklore may have us believe that children do not get depression. This is far from the truth. Children who are   depressed may not say they feel sad, but can become irritable, have erratic eating and sleep patterns and academic difficulties. Regrettably, many such children may remain undiagnosed and struggle through the pain of mental illness or emotional or emotional turmoil, doing their best to make it to adulthood. The consequences of this untreated epidemic are well recognized: entanglement in drugs and the criminal justice system, increased incidence of depression in adulthood and at times suicide.

Gender:Depression is about twice as common in women as in men. But we still do not know if it is truly less common among men, or if men are just less likely than women to recognize, acknowledge, and seek help.

Substance use disorders (abuse or dependence): People with alcoholism are almost twice as likely as those without alcoholism to also suffer from major depression. Often proscribed in popular  culture as a stress buster, alcohol is actually a brain depressant, increasing the risk of mood disorders.

Chronic Illness: Depression is often found to co–exist with other serious medical illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes,and Parkinson’s disease. Studies show that treating the depression can help improve the outcome of treating the co–occurring illness consequently enhancing the person’s quality of life.

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  1. Very good. You did a great job of describing depression.

  2. Good information:)
    Depression also strikes some patients that suffer from Hypothyroidism.

    Good share!

  3. Depression is a important topic, some times it is a physiological
    problem at the root, but some senoirs are depressed with thoughts like what can i do now, i have nothing to look forward to,
    No matter our age we are important and if we are able helping others is very rewarding, writing of your experiences is one way, and praying is another, and sometimes just a kind word to someone else can help, we are happiest when we are encouraging others, as a man thinks in his heart so he is,
    don’t go by your feelings, take one day at a time, if you wish someone would visit why not visit them if you would like flowers why not give someone else some flowers as well as your self,
    cheer up their day and you will feel useful again. God Bless

  4. Like article, good

  5. Only bad professionals will say that an older person is depressed because they’re old and have financial difficulties. It’s a difficult illness to treat because it’s related with the mind and not even them (professionals) know much about it. It also requires intelligent professionals. My mother suffered from severe depression and it took her to the graveyard. So, I know what I’m talking about. If only we had been able to meet a good and intelligent one to deal with my mother’s depression when it wasn’t too late. For some is a way to have a job since this health field isn’t properly taken on NHS. Good share!

  6. Truly excellent article. I enjoyed the read. It’s so well-researched and completely evidence-based. Loved it. As heals with depressed patients aplenty, I shared this article with my CBT therapist husband - and he was impressed. Good for you, girl.

  7. Very good article.

  8. Very good article on the effects of depression.

  9. i like this one

  10. Depression is very dangerous disease. It must be treated well.

  11. depression creates lot of problems mentally and physically.

  12. Surely this is more the potential causes of depression?

  13. Depression is very serious and health professional must treat it as such.

  14. Depression is a very disabling illness…One needs to go for proper treatment for this disorder.

  15. We have to help our own family who exhibit symptoms of this to avoid future complications.

  16. this is important ..need to re read it !

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  18. Ditto angelji - this is such an important subject.

  19. very important

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