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Can depression lead to other Illnesses?

Do you think depression can lead to other mental illnesses?

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Depression & Related Illnesses

We all feel down sometimes, going through spells of feeling low in our mood, being unhappy, when we go through some terrible or difficult thing in the course of our lives (i.e. bereavement, break-ups, divorce, etc.). But when the feeling persists far beyond the scope of days, or the period of expected recovery (i.e. 'getting over' a break-up), depression in its many manifestations and symptoms can destroy lives. According to the NHS (2014), "Depression affects people in different ways and can cause a wide variety of symptoms. They range from lasting feelings of sadness and hopelessness, to losing interest in the things you used to enjoy and feeling very tearful...The severity of the symptoms can vary. At its mildest, you may simply feel persistently low in spirit, while at its most severe depression can make you feel suicidal and that life is no longer worth living." People oftentimes throw the term 'depressed', when trying to describe the feeling of 'low mood'. Andrew (2012) wrote that, "Morbidity associated with depression is difficult to quantify, but the lethality of depression takes the measurable ...

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This solution provides information, assistance and advice on the topic of depression and discusses whether it leads to other mental illnesses. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.