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Depression facts

Depression Facts

30% of women and 15% men suffer from depression. And only half of them ask for professional help. However, depression not only affects the quality of life, but also affects physical health. For example, in 30-40% of people who have suffered strokes, heart attacks and cancer, was found depression, which began to develop before the illness that led to hospitalization. Depression is also a reason for suicide – from 45 to 60% of depressed patients commit suicide.

It is necessary to remember that depression can also occur without changes in mental status, and take the form of physical complaints (so-called “masked depression”). Thus, in 80% of depressed patients is observed anxiety. And half of depressed patients showed a combination of symptoms of depression with bodily complaints like:

  • vegetative and endocrine disorders (vegetative-vascular dystonia, vertigo, functional disorders – constipation, colitis, etc; dermatitis, pruritus, anorexia, bulimia, impotence, menstrual irregularities);
  • pain (headache, heart, neuralgia – trigeminal, facial nerve, intercostal neuralgia, sciatica);
  • psychiatric disorders (generalized anxiety disorder, panic attacks, agoraphobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder – obsessions, hypochondria, neurasthenia);
  • character violation (drug addiction, substance abuse, impulsivity, conflict, violent outbursts, hysterical reactions);
  • violation of the biological rhythm (insomnia hypersomnia).