Can you die from depression?
This is, by far and away, the most morbid topic that I have ever written about on this website.
Normally when I post on this website I discuss self-help methods and give out practical advice.
Depression is highly treatable, so there is no reason for people to not be able to improve their condition.
Many people face depression relapses throughout their lifetime, and for some, it lasts almost a lifetime.
Still, it is more than possible to get better, even if not completely.
But what happens when you don’t try to improve your condition?
Sure, depression may be highly treatable, but most people don’t seek to improve their condition at all.
Studies show us that, on average, only 1 in 5 people seek help with their condition.
Not only that, but many people didn’t even know that their condition could be treated in the first place!
Some individuals were able to help themselves through a variety of methods, but depression is ultimately an underrated problem.
This is a huge problem.
Not only is depression terrible for your health, it can also be downright lethal.
This isn’t an exaggeration, either. Depression promotes a variety of health hazards, many of which are deadly.
How can depression lead to death?
Your mental health and your physical health are closely related to one another
What many people fail to realize is that depression doesn’t only affect the mind, it also affects the body.
Not only does depression promote sickness at the moment, but it also has long-term effects that can be downright deadly.
Depression is mostly not as dangerous in the short term, but it does build up over time.
In other words, as long as you don’t take action to improve your condition you risk these effects coming to pass.
But what are these effects? What makes them so dangerous?
How can something like depression actually kill you?
Depression increases the risk of suicide
Alright, let’s get the big one out of the way – Depression increases the risk of suicide.
In fact, a large percentage of all suicide cases is largely attributed to depression.
Depression is known to cause suicidal thoughts and many people associate depression with suicide.
In fact, most of us heard at least one story of a suicide case that was rooted in depression.
But why is that, anyway?
As it turns out, the cause for these thoughts is not at all surprising.
Depression, at its core, is a mood disorder.
The term “depression” is thrown around quite casually, but in reality, it can be a devastating disorder.
Suicidal thoughts are a symptom of depression and stem from the hopelessness that depression sufferers feel.
At their core, these thoughts are temporary. After all, depressive episodes don’t last forever.
Yet the end result is anything but.
It is very likely that, in a moment of weakness, a depression sufferer will choose to end his life.
In fact, over 90% of all suicide cases are related to clinical depression in some way.
The worst thing about it is that those thoughts are downright preventable in most cases.
Yet instead of preventing them people often time make them worse.
Depression is related to substance abuse
It is interesting to note that smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol are such common habits these days despite being so dangerous.
Drinking and smoking are scientifically known as comorbid activities.
This means that drinking and smoking is much worse than just drinking or smoking, even when done in equal amounts.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (AADA), about 20% of Americans with an anxiety or mood disorder, such as depression, also have a substance abuse disorder, and about 20% of those with a substance abuse problem also have an anxiety or mood disorder
These habits are used as escape methods.
Substance abuse and depression can potentially have the same triggers, and as such, they tend to affect one another in many ways.
The physical risks of such habits are more than obvious.
Cancer is one particularly dangerous example – Not only is cancer extremely common among heavy smokers and drinkers, but depression also increases the mortality rate of cancer.
In other words, depression tends to augment any physical risks that are derived from drinking, smoking and other negative habits.
Aside from the obvious physical risks of said habits, they also influence the mind considerably.
This number is insane.
Not only does depression promote smoking and drinking, but it can also make the side effects of these habits worse.
In other words, depression can make you adopt deadly habits and then make them even deadlier.
Think about it.
Depression increases the risk of heart disease
Both heart disease and depression are widespread among the population, but as it turns out they are not mutually exclusive.
Quite the opposite actually.
Depression is 3 times more common among patients after a heart attack than the average population.
This is not a surprising discovery by any means.
After all, one of the causes of depression is stress, and having a heart attack is quite a stressful ordeal.
The shocking revelation is that depression can also cause heart disease!
Compared to the rest of the population, adults with a depressive disorder have a 64% greater risk of developing coronary artery disease.
It should also be noted that whether or not the patient develops depression after having a heart attack also affects the mortality rate of said heart attack.
In fact, depression is the strongest predictor of death in the first decade of heart disease diagnosis.
After all, depression doubles the long-term risk of death after heart disease.
Not only that, but it is also shown to increase the mortality rate of a heart attack within 6 months from 3% to 17%.
This means that it affects heart disease survivors but in the long and the short terms.
The connection here is not a coincidence, but rather it is rooted in fact.
Depression is bad for the cardiovascular system and it will affect it given the chance.
Itss up to you to never let that happen.
Depression is more dangerous for women that it is for men
Depressive episodes are a direct risk factor for early death.
In one study, researchers reviewed 60 years of mental health data on 3410 adults over 3 separate time periods (1952 to 1967, 1968 to 1990 and 1991 to 2011.)
Based on their findings, depression was shown to be a contributing factor for early death in all three timeframes.
This is not at all surprising.
After all, we have already established that depression is a common cause of many negative and unhealthy habits.
Substance abuse, lack of exercise and bad eating habits are just a few examples.
The surprising thing is that depression is more deadly for women than it is for men.
The researchers were unable to pinpoint the exact reason for that, but they did say the following:
“Most disturbing is the 50 per cent increase in the risk of death for women with depression between 1992 and 2011.”
This is not the only proof that we have of this fact, either.
Women were also shown to have an elevated risk of sudden cardiac death when compared to men.
It should also be noted that depression is more common among women than men.
Still, there is no research to explain the specifics regarding this difference.
Depression is a major cause of early death and can cut off as many as ten years off a person’s lifespan, regardless of their gender.
It’s a good thing that these symptoms don’t have to get that far.
You can prevent these results!
Depression isn’t dangerous in the same way that cancer or heart disease are.
Rather, it indirectly manipulates both the body and the mind in a way that makes it more likely for a person to die.
At the same time, there is good news to be found here.
Depression can be dangerous, but at the same time it is a highly treatable disorder.
In fact, anywhere between 80% to 90% of people respond positively to treatment, and most of those who didn’t still benefited from it at least somewhat over time.
This means that all of these risks and complications may be avoided if a person were to get help.
Aside from therapy and medication, there are many methods that arguably work just as well.
I recommend the Destroy Depression System, seeing as it contains great, actionable advice on how to get better.
This means that you can start taking action immediately.
It would be a shame to do nothing about depression when it can be fully treated in a relatively short period of time.
More so when the alternative is experiencing an early death.
Before you go here’s a quick question – Do you think that ignoring depression is worth it?
Feel free to write your answers down below, I enjoy reading them.
If you got any personal questions then please contact me by email.
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