Depression and suicide are often believed to be a woman’s problem. The truth is that both men and women encounter depression and suicide, but men complete suicide at 4 times the rate of women. Despite this statistic, very few people take confessions of suicidal thoughts seriously from men, and that needs to change.
Recent research has suggested that effect of nicotine on the brain’s neurotransmitters are having an increased risk on depression symptoms. From 2005 to 2008 numerous individuals were surveyed to find the direct correlation between Smoking and Depression. If you needed yet another reason to quit smoking, here’s one!
Major depression is one of the most common psychiatric illnesses affecting people today. There is no test for depression and the diagnosis is based on a good history and examination. The signs and symptoms of clinical depression are often missed or explained away.
Bipolar Disorder is a common and disabling psychiatric illness that is often misdiagnosed in patients presenting with depressive episodes. Physicians should consider this diagnosis in all patients that are showing signs of depressive symptoms since up to 20% of those with unipolar depression will go on to develop a bipolar disorder. This disorder is even present in many well-known celebrities such as Catherine Zeta-Jones who has publicly spoken out about having the illness in order to encourage others to seek medical help.
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands! What? No one? If the most recent happiness research is any indication, Don Draper of “Mad Men” isn’t the only one who’s not jolly despite achieving financial success.