It’s nothing to be ashamed of – it’s a disease and, as such, it should be treated
As if losing the joy and enthusiasm for life was not enough, and it would not suffice to withdraw the energy to perform daily tasks, clinical depression takes much more if not fought with the right treatment: it also reduces other benefits of health gained on the basis of moderation in the diet or through exercise. Are you going to let me keep stealing your health?
Living means having to face painful and difficult situations from time to time: the loss of a loved one, work pressures, family problems or economic problems. It is normal to feel down and without encouragement, even sad and even desperate in a crisis, but only temporarily.
When the sadness, discouragement and despair are not overcome, they persist for months and even get worse over time, the person can suffer a clinical or chronic depression , a condition that affects not only their emotional life, their work and personal relationships, but until his physical health. Receiving the appropriate treatment as soon as possible is essential to control depression.
A study conducted at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina, United States, adds one more reason to seek medical help: people with chronic depression without treatment may be deprived of certain health benefits obtained from a healthy lifestyle, such as Moderation in alcohol consumption, or exercise regularly.
To reach these conclusions, the researchers examined the levels of physical activity and alcohol consumption of more than 200 adults, non-smokers and in good health, without previous history or diagnosis of suffering from a mental illness. However, the previous evaluations revealed that 4.5 percent of the participants met the criteria to consider them with depression. In addition, they analyzed the levels of reactive protein-C (CRP) in blood samples of the participants. Reactive protein C is measured to predict the risk of developing heart disease and other chronic inflammatory conditions in the future. This type of protein could also play an important role in the formation of plaque that builds up and can clog the arteries.
Several previous investigations have already shown that regular exercise and moderate alcohol consumption (one drink per day for women and two for men) help reduce inflammation and, therefore, reduce decrease the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes . On the other hand, diabetes is associated with higher levels of CRP, that is, more inflammation, as well as an increased risk of heart disease.
Participants in the study who led an active life generally had the lowest CRP protein levels, with the exception of those who had depression. In addition, the research found that moderate alcohol consumption was also associated with lower levels of CRP protein in men without depression, but this did not happen in the case of men with depression.
Among women, the results were a bit more encouraging as they indicated that depression did not have a great effect on CRP protein levels in those who did not drink alcohol, in whom they drank only occasionally or consumed alcoholic beverages in a moderate (one drink a day or less).
In conclusion: depression not only affects the mental and physical health of the individual but could also diminish other health benefits obtained through exercise and moderate alcohol consumption. Depression then becomes a factor that multiplies the risk of other conditions, especially if they are related to inflammatory processes in the body, such as heart disease, for example.
Have you been depressed for a long time? Maybe you do not even suspect that you suffer from clinical depression. This is characterized by the following symptoms :
- Deep sadness or decay in the mood almost all day and almost every day
- You do not enjoy the same activities and things as before
- Loss (or increase) in weight and / or appetite
- Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
- Fatigue and loss of energy
- Difficult to focus
- Difficulty in making decisions
- Feelings of despair and low self-esteem
- Irritability and anxiety
- Think about death or the possibility of suicide
According to the US Department of Health, 1 in 10 adults in this country suffer from depression, but depression is a global phenomenon. Live where you live, it can affect you. We mentioned this information so you can better understand the extent of the problem. The important thing is to seek qualified professional help and treatment to overcome it. It may include psychotherapy , the use of antidepressant medications or a combination of both. The sooner you start to fight it, the better.
Do not let yourself be overcome by depression, which although common, is still worrisome and dangerous. Take the first step and go with a professional to find the solution.
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