Depression

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Depression is connected to a host of problems throughout the body

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Hurting all over: Depression is connected to a host of problems throughout the body

Psychiatrists have long been working on how to mend a broken heart. Cardiologists have, too.

These days they're comparing notes. So are a host of other specialists. That's because the chronic sadness known as depression could wreak havoc not just on the heart, but throughout the body. Depression might help raise blood pressure; jostle the immune system; complicate asthma and diabetes.

Depression the leading cause of disability worldwide

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The invisible pain: Depression the leading cause of disability worldwide

Mark was shaky, hadn't slept well in weeks and was talking without that usual "oomph" in his voice. He felt empty, disconnected and alone. It was like his whole world was dark.

Mark was in pain, but not the kind anyone could see. His nights were long, his mornings were tough and his days were spent with doubts, "what-ifs" and "if only's." Nothing much seemed to matter anymore. He wondered what was wrong with him.

Depression can be early-warning signal: Pre-partum anxiety

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When Dr. Suzanne Killinger- Johnson threw herself and her baby in front of a Toronto subway train last year, Canadians were suddenly talking about postpartum depression, a form of depression that hits one in 10 women after they give birth. The discussion began anew in June with the drowning of five children at the hand of their mother, Andrea Yates, in Texas.

Stigma makes elderly more likely to drop out of depression treatment

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Older patients with major depression may be more likely to discontinue depression treatment due to perceived stigma than are their younger counterparts. Researchers in White Plains, New York followed 92 outpatients with major depression over the course of three months. Twenty-nine of the patients were 65 years of age or older; 63 were between the ages of 18 and 64. Although a majority in both groups had negative views of people with mental illness, the younger patients unexpectedly perceived more stigma than did the older patients.

Depression's grip cuts wide swath

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Often referred to as a silent or invisible disorder, clinical depression affects approximately 10 per cent of the female population, and five per cent of the male population at any given time.

"Many people who are depressed put on a happy face. It's hard for people to say they are depressed, as there is often a sense of shame or personal failure associated with such an admission," says Dr. Keith Dobson, professor of clinical psychology at the University of Calgary.

But depression can strike any age group from children to seniors.

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