The only thing better than a cure is prevention so if you are feeling down there could perhaps be something that you can change in your lifestyle that wouldn’t cost you any money or any extra effort. Obviously if something very bad happened to you that would cause you to feel down but some people ‘bounce back better then others’. There are no straightforward answers that will diagnose everyone but there are a few common factors that are present in most people.
Physical factors include Lack of exercise over toxicity of the body and elevated levels of stress. The western diet is to blame for many health conditions and depression is amongst one of them. Most people do not realize that how you treat the physical body is a profound affect on your moods. Lack of Vitamin D has been proven to have an effect on our happiness, the main source of vitamin d is from sunlight when the light hits the skin there us a chemical reaction which produces Vitamin D. There is some science behind the ‘winter blues’
Processed foods with all the artificial additives are responsible for the feelings of blue, some to watch out for are too much refined sugar,artificial sweeteners, MSG, colors ,flavors and preservatives. All these chemical additives in our food alter the body/brain chemistry causing our emotions to also be out of balance. Once people start to realize the connection between mind and body there will certainly be a lot more happiness.
Genetics have a role to play in depression including disorders like; bipolar disorder, melancholic depression and psychotic depression. What causes someone to feel only slightly depressed could make someone with a genetic predisposition be clinically depressed. So someone with nothing to feel sad about could be depressed due to a genetic trait which causes a chemical in balance in the brain. Antidepressants such as Celexa or Lexapro alter the brains chemicals causing relief for serious depression and/or anxiety sufferers
Here are a few statistics involving who are most affected by depression;
*Persons aged 18 – 24
*Persons aged 45 – 64
*People of other races
*People who were previously married
*People who can’t work or who is unemployed
*People without health insurance
Source; centers of disease control
Healthline.com also put together these stats;
- *There are an estimated 121 million people in the world living with some type of depression.
- *Americans share 30% – 36% of that count.
- *60% – 80% of depression can be treated with medication and psychotherapy.
- *80% of people are not being treated who have depression.
- *The number of people who are diagnosed with depression increases 20% each year.
- *People with depression health costs almost double to an average healthy person with the health costs associated with depression at $22,960 and $11,365 for a healthy person.
- *1 in 10 women show some sort of depression after having a baby.
- *Depression was reported higher in African Americans and Hispanics at 4%
- *States with higher depression rates have a these common health factors:
- #Heart disease
- #Sleep disorders
- #Lack of education
- #Lack of medical insurance