The Lundbeck Mental Health Barometer report has revealed the most common symptoms amongst those with personal experience of depression are frequent thoughts of death or suicide (32%), low self esteem (29%) and sleep disturbance (28%).
Professor Patricia Casey, Professor of Psychiatry, University College Dublin and Consultant Psychiatrist, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital said ‘Research has shown that there is a link between depression and suicide.
As the pain of depression deepens, it can become overwhelming and lead to thoughts of hopelessness and helplessnessâ€™.
Research also says that without treatment, depression will progress and possibly worsen, which can have an extremely negative effect on a person’s quality of life.
However, with medication and/or specific types of psychotherapy, depression can be effectively treated, just like any other illness.
If you think you are suffering from depression or know somebody that is, seeking advice from a healthcare professional will help on the path to recovery.’
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has estimated that depression is currently ranked as the second most disabling medical disorder in the age category 15-44 for both men and women.
Source: Medical News Today