October 23, 2014
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Complications of depression

Depression can have a major financial, personal, and physical impact on a person.

The economic cost of depression
Depression affects a large number of young people in their 20s or 30s. For this reason, it can have a major impact on the workforce and is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide.

Compared to their coworkers, people with depression are 3 times more likely to take sick days, and 5 times more likely to be unemployed. People with depression at work have trouble performing mental, social, and physical tasks. What is really bothersome is the more severe the depression, the larger the workplace disability.

The impact of depression on the person
With higher unemployment rates, depression can have a major impact on the person's income, which can increase the stress on their family. They are larger users of welfare and social benefits.

People with depression also tend to have low self-esteem and self-confidence. This can have a major impact on how they interact with their friends and family. They also have trouble functioning socially, communicating, and keeping relationships. This leads to the person feeling isolated and alone, which are linked to a higher risk of suicide.

The impact of depression on health
Depression has a strong link to many physical conditions. Depression can make the pain, distress, and disability from physical health problems more severe. Many people with depression are in much poorer health than the rest of the community.

People with depression are less likely to have healthy lifestyles. They have a higher rate of cigarette smoking and lower exercise levels. This puts these people at higher risk of a large number of chronic diseases. They have a higher risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes. They are at a much higher risk of not only having heart disease but also of dying from the condition. Depression can also have a negative impact on the immune system.

Treating depression for better health
Depression has a major impact on a person's quality of life. People with depression are at a higher risk of being unemployed, alone, and having other major diseases. For this reason they should seek treatment to improve their mental, social, and physical health.


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