- Can affect your current relationships, and make it harder to create new ones.
- Can lead to negative thoughts and actions, which can include suicide.
- People can be negatively affected both emotionally and socially.
- Your job performance can be impaired due to decreased efficiency.
- Depression also affects chemicals in your brain, which can lead to concentration and mental problems.
- Each episode of depression you go through increases your chance of having another episode.
Communication with the Depressed
- New tests are being researched, which would be able to look at certain things in your blood which would point to having or not having depression. This test was first used on mice, some of which were the control, or non-MDD (depressed) group, and mice that were given blood from a depressed donor. After researching this, the new test was repeated with 24 human volunteers. 12 with, and 12 without depression were included. This test proved to be very accurate, even giving small indicators of how severe the case of depression is. Still undergoing testing, the test is expected to come out some time in late 2013.
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