This is a shorter one today as, the article I was requested to do, is not very long at all.
However, its topic caught my eye, it’s suggested that long bouts of depression leads to dementia so let’s have a look at what it says, I’ll then react to it below.
Who hasn’t been depressed?
For many of us, depression is just a passing cloud.
This depression is self-limiting, and very responsive to the comforts of a sympathetic friend or melancholy music, to distraction or ice cream.
This “depression,” once called “feeling blue,” is part of the color palette of emotional life.
I mean, who can really argue with that ? At some stage of our lives you would have felt this, but yes for many it’s just a passing cloud, I love that example.
Serious depression is another matter altogether. It is a crippling disorder that blocks out the sun and steals hope.
Serious depression impacts family and friends; it is contagious and, too often, can even be deadly.
Psychologists and others who work with the elderly have long observed the association of late-life depression with dementia.
Depression often appears as the first sign of dementia.
WOW! that’s powerful.
Yes, serious depression impacts those around them, and can lead to death, which is the worst case scenario and something I would not wish on another, to feel like they have no hope in this world because of a bad event in their life, or because of a nasty piece of work or a group of scumbags who will get their karma in due course, you know, it’s so sad.
A large, recent study conducted in Denmark discovered that serious depression, diagnosed even in early or midlife, is associated with an increased risk of dementia years later.
The risk of dementia was more than doubled for both men and women with diagnosed depression.
I’m not surprised, and it will only go up, you can see what is going all around you & the reaction, so I expect it to increase even more rapidly as the years go on.
The persistent association between dementia and depression diagnosed in early and middle life suggests that depression may increase dementia risk.
For all those that think that when others are talking about energy, spirits, mental health/showing love to yourself is some hip nonsense, read what was said above again.
You think you are smarter than you are, or you are above it, but your not, and you will find out the hard way if you don’t work on your mental side of things, you must feed and fortifier your mind!
It’s the mental gym, keep your mind active read books, watch things that will improve you, learn, teach, give you positive feels, or carry on watching the news all day long, arguing about politics on the sofa, and moan to an empty chamber, watch negative things over and over again, and watch your brain turn to mush, that’s slow death, and you won’t even know it as you will be too far gone.
Holly Elser and associates examined a nationwide cohort study of Danish citizens and matched for age and sex people with a depression diagnosis with those with no depression diagnosis.
They followed this sample of more than 200,000 individuals from 1977-2018.
The hazard of developing dementia among those diagnosed with depression was 2.41 times that of the comparison cohort, regardless of how many years elapsed from the time of initial diagnosis.
I mean that was cool to know, but I don’t have much else to add to this, bad thoughts, energy can come, but it must go, the longer it stays there the worse it is for your mental health, sometimes you never get back what you had, the longer you stay, the bigger the impact, life happens, but how we respond is key and what we choose to do and not do for the sake of our mental health.
I wish you a much better mental health, no matter where your mental health is at right now, be well my Di1’s, I love you all!
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