Depression can and should be fought. And the more we know about it, the easier it is to do it. Remember the following facts to help yourself or your loved ones.
1. Depression can be inherited
Scientists today are looking at the likelihood of a biological predisposition to depression. Parts of our DNA may be linked to this disorder; new research suggests. Experts have counted about 15 genes that may contribute to the development of depression. These same genes are involved in the formation of nerve cells in the brain.
2. It’s a physical illness
In addition to emotional manifestations, depression causes distinct physical symptoms. Under the influence of this mental disorder, people often lose their appetite, experience headaches, and suffer from insomnia.
3. Scientists continue to find promising new treatments
Psychological help really works. A recent study found that behavioral activation can be an effective and inexpensive treatment for depression. This is a new method of talking therapy in which patients are taught to cope with the factors that cause depression and not get hung up on them. And some evidence suggests that even online talk therapy can be beneficial.
To increase the effectiveness of therapy, it can be supplemented with drugs. Psychiatrists help design individualized treatment programs that are best suited to specific cases.
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4. Depression is a common problem
According to statistics from the World Health Organization, about 350 million people worldwide suffer from this disease. Depression is one of the main causes of disability.
5. This is a serious hindrance to work.
One of the inherent signs of depression is a loss of motivation, affecting a person’s working life. Researchers from the University of Michigan estimate that the decline in productivity due to this disorder in the United States alone costs employers $ 44 billion annually.
6. No one is immune from depression
It, like any mental disorder, can affect anyone. Depression doesn’t look at age, social status, and nationality. Stars such as Catherine Zeta-Jones, Kate Middleton, and Andre Agassi speak openly about their experiences with mental health problems.
7. She tarnishes her reputation
Negative stereotypes still surround mental disorders. The names of different states of mind are often used as insults or used frivolously in conversations. Many also unreasonably associate mental illness with cruelty. This behavior exacerbates their misperceptions in society.
8. Many people keep depression to themselves
Fear of shame or judgment often silences people who are in pain. Studies show that this fear prevents people from getting the help they need. According to the 2015 data, men are more likely to hide suicidal thoughts.
9. In the worst cases, it leads to suicide
Mental disorders can be a serious problem. For this reason, medical attention and compassion are essential. According to the National Union on Mental Illness, 90% of suicides suffer from mental illness.
10. Depression does not define a person
This state is not a flaw; it does not make a person inferior. Cancer and diabetes do not shape personality, and the same can be said for depression. The right treatment can help manage this disorder. Regardless of it, a person can live a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life.
What to do
If your heart is hard, do not despair and do not close in yourself – act. Seek support from loved ones and contact psychologists. Or become yourself support for your neighbor if you notice that he needs help. Depression is not a sentence; it can and should be fought.
Adapted and translated by The Cop Cart Staff
Sources: Life hacker