Serious Health Risks of Untreated Depression
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Some serious health risks of untreated depression can include substance abuse and even suicide. For more on risks of untreated depression, watch this video.
Transcript: Nearly 19 million Americans are affected by depression each year and only about half receive treatment....
Nearly 19 million Americans are affected by depression each year and only about half receive treatment. Untreated depression, however, can have serious consequences! Depression is a serious medical illness in which a person experiences persistent sadness, hopelessness and lack of interest in normal activities for more than two weeks. Without treatment, it may last for months or even years, interfering with physical health, relationships, work and finances. Its not uncommon for people to be unable to recognize their own depression or depression in loved ones, often finding a number of ways to justify why they dont need help. Similarly, parents often miss the signs of depression in their children because they may not realize that young children or teens CAN have a depressive disorder. When depression goes untreated, the risk for substance abuse increases as well, ESPECIALLY among teens and young males. Using drugs or alcohol also increases the risk of suicide. Untreated depression is the NUMBER ONE risk for suicide among young people. Studies also suggest that suicide is the third leading cause of death in 15- to 24-year -olds, with young males ages 15 to 24 at highest risk. Researchers also believe that people suffering from clinical depression may be more likely to have a heart attack than those without a history of depression, and may also have a more difficult time recovering from serious illness, such as heart disease or stroke. Untreated depression during pregnancy may increase the risk of an underweight or premature infant, and can compromise the mothers ability to nurture her baby. This may lead to long-term developmental and behavioral problems in the infant and also affect the well-being of siblings. The good news is that more than 80 percent of people suffering from depression can be treated successfully. If you, or someone you know, are experiencing depression symptoms that have persisted beyond a couple of weeks, its important to see a doctor or mental health professional as soon as possible.More »
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Depression and insomnia often go hand in hand. Many treatment options can help, but it's important to get more information on depression and insomnia.
Transcript: Depression and sleep problems are often inextricably linked. Fortunately, there are steps you can take...
Depression and sleep problems are often inextricably linked. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help get sleeping back on track. Insomnia, an inability to fall asleep or stay asleep, is common among depression sufferers, while a smaller percentage of people with depression tend to sleep excessively. Studies also suggest that people with insomnia are at a high risk for developing a depressive disorder. It's estimated that more than 80 percent of people with depression have problems sleeping or suffer from ongoing insomnia. And, as with other depressive disorders, insomnia occurs more often in women than in men. When insomnia occurs, it may interfere with deep sleep, during which the body realizes valuable restorative emotional and physical benefits. Equally vital is rapid eye movement sleep (REM) sleep, which is associated with processing emotions and relieving stress. In contrast, depression sufferers typically find themselves preoccupied with negative thoughts, which tends to exacerbate their insomnia. And lying awake all night dwelling on problems often makes matters worse. Recovery from depression, however, may be dependent on addressing sleep problems. And the first step is talking with a doctor about your insomnia. You should also have a thorough physical exam to rule out any medical illness that may be causing your symptoms. One reason it's important to discuss sleeping problems with your doctor or mental health professional is that many depression medications, including serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, like Paxil and Prozac, may result in sleep problems. Another reason is that sleep disorders may complicate depression treatment. For example, many mental health professionals prefer to treat depression and insomnia with an SSRI, along with a sedating antidepressant. However, people with both depression and obstructive sleep apnea symptoms need to avoid sedating antidepressants. An additional type of medication that's prescribed for people with insomnia includes the class of drugs known as hypnotics, which includes Ambien, Sonata and Restoril. However, these drugs are typically recommended only for short-term use. The good news is that depression treatment typically involves a combination of medication AND psychotherapy that includes cognitive-behavioral therapy. And cognitive-behavioral therapy also shows up to an 80 percent success rate in helping insomnia sufferers. In addition to medication, experts say sleep may be improved through meditation, yoga, relaxation or deep-breathing techniques, and as well by regular exercise as long as it's well before bedtime. Other sleep-inducing tips include: eliminating caffeine, alcohol or nicotine during evening hours; a warm shower before bedtime; using your bedroom only for sleeping or sexual activity keeping your bedroom at a cool temperature; using a white noise machine, black-out shades, earplugs or sleep mask. If you're suffering from depression and insomnia, it's important to know that both are treatable. Please see your doctor or mental health professional for help.More »
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Depressive disorders can lead to physical symptoms, like migraine and pain. Health risks like diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure are connected, too. Here's a look at what can complicate depression, and what depression complicates.
Transcript: Nearly 19 million Americans annually are affected by depressive disorders. In addition to depression's...
Nearly 19 million Americans annually are affected by depressive disorders. In addition to depression's often-disabling symptoms, it may also lead to other complications that impact virtually every aspect of your life. Depression is typically characterized by persistent sadness, low energy and loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. People with depression are also at risk for a number of serious complications that may result in physical problems, financial troubles, relationship issues or even, in more serious cases, suicide. Often, the apathy, lethargy and difficulty concentrating that typically accompany depressive illness may cause sufferers to be incapable of meeting their day-to-day responsibilities, leading to work or school absences, overlooked bills, arguments at home, and even job loss. Insomnia is characteristic of many forms of depression and being unable to meet the body's need for restorative sleep may lead to a number of complications, including slowed reactions when driving, a compromised immune system and heightened risks for high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. Experts also believe depression not only increases the risk of heart disease, but may AMPLIFY the severity of existing cardiac conditions as well. It's also thought that depression changes in bone mass may be accelerated by depression, leading to osteoporosis. People with depression may also experience multiple unexplained physical symptoms including stomach aches, migraines, aching muscles, and severe back or abdominal pain. Research suggests this is because mood and pain use the same pathways in the brain and are controlled by the same chemical messengers. It's also believed that reduced levels of brain chemicals called neurotransmitters, especially serotonin, and to a lesser degree, norepinephrine, may prompt stress-related responses in the body that can lead to inflammation and changes in blood clotting, as well as cell and organ damage. Depression sufferers may turn to drugs or alcohol in order to feel better, but this ultimately creates more problems in the long run. In addition, people who are taking antidepressants to treat their depression may be at risk for side effects, such as dizziness, weight gain or loss, tremors, sweating, sleepiness or insomnia, fatigue, or headaches. Another complication is the impact depression may have on a person's sex life, as depression tends to reduce both the sex drive and the ability to enjoy sex. In addition, the side effects of antidepressant medications often include reduced libido and sexual dysfunction. Depression also complicates relationships. Sufferers who are struggling with depression symptoms may be unable to consider the needs of others. At the same time, family members, friends and coworkers may feel hurt and rejected. Often, survival of even the most secure relationships is threatened. Parental depression also takes its toll on children. Depressed mothers may be less attentive to prenatal care or an infant's needs. Having a depressed parent is also linked to reduced social skills and self-esteem, increased stress and vulnerability for depression in children. Suicidal thoughts and behaviors are common in many types of depression. Depression sufferers have up to a 15 percent risk for suicide. If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, it's imperative to call 911 or a suicide hotline. Fortunately depression can be treated successfully and these complications may be avoided. If you or someone you know is suffering from depression, see your doctor or a mental health professional.More »
Last Modified: 2013-10-01 | Tags »
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