10 Facts About Depression You Probably Don’t Know



Depression is a mental condition, and about 350 million individuals suffer from it throughout the world. It affects all individuals regardless of social position, demographic, geographic location or age. Individuals who are depressed are more vulnerable to illnesses, such as colds, than non-depressed individuals. According to WHO, depression will be the 2nd highest cause of disability in the world by 2030, second just to AIDS/HIV. This list contains 10 strange facts about depression you probably don’t know.

Women

Females are 2 times more likely to suffer from depression than males because females have a stronger genetic predisposition to developing depression.

Dream

Depression can cause a person to dream three to four times more than they generally would.

Creativity

Creativity has been associated with madness, anxiety and depression. According to research, writers are 50 percent more likely to take their own lives and 121 percent more likely to suffer from manic depression (bipolar disorder) than the normal population.

Religion

According to a study, religion and spirituality can protect against depression by thickening the cortex of the brain.

Comedians

According to research, comedians are generally more depressed than an average person.

Internet

Individuals who spend a lot of their time on the Internet are more likely to be mentally unstable, lonely and depressed, according to a study.

Exercise

Moderate exercise can cure and prevent depression episodes in the long run.

Gratitude

Daily expressions of gratitude can boost happiness and reduce depression, particularly in self-critical individuals.

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding can reduce the risk of post-natal depression by half, according to a study of 14,000 new moms.

Magic Mushrooms

Psilocybin, a chemical found in magic mushrooms, creates new brain cells and can be used to treat depression and Post traumatic Stress Disorder, according to one study.