Depression as a Health Barrier

Depression as a Health Barrier

Depression is a disorder that causes a constant state of low mood or feeling of sadness. It affects the thoughts, feelings and behavior of an individual. It happens to people but passes after a while. However, others find that the state of equilibrium in their lives is altered due to this state. Depression may make someone feel helpless and void. It is a normal thing to feel down quite often, but at times, it takes hold of one’s life and turns things around from the expected. The temporary depression blues make it uneasy to efficiently function as usual.

Several forms of depressive disorders commonly exist, such as dysthymic disorder, psychotic depression, postpartum depression, seasonal affective disorder, and major depression. These forms carry symptoms like experiencing irritability, lower levels of energy and interest in sex and change in habits in one way, or another.

When faced with depression, social isolation becomes the path to total destruction of someone’s life as discussing issues with friends or close relatives does help, but spending too much time on it increases it. Giving it a hand at exercising may also have the mind preoccupied and help in treating the low-mood state that is experienced by the individual. Exercise can help patients with depression, especially if the risks like obesity are highly expected to occur. Treatment may also be offered through a number of ways, with the most common being drugs or psychotherapy. The aim of such is to normalize the naturally occurring brain chemicals which play a significant role in stabilizing one’s mood.

Just one year after the world’s fourth biggest recorded earthquake in Japan quake, those affected are reported to be undergoing depression (Brigham Young University, 2014). The Japanese people hold so much interest and value to what they have with their neighbors and the radiation broke up many of these ties. The devastation level caused by the earthquake is hard to imagine as temporary housing was provided but still did not have to offer what their previous lives did.

The nuclear power that leaked radiation had a massive effect on the people living them with depression scars. A woman broke in tears most probably remembering the loss they all suffered sighting just a little of what they all felt. The people exhibited resilience as a symptom of depression. It may seem hard to put back things to the normal state, but it is possible.

Depression is a factor that harbors diabetes and high blood pressure, but is highly associated with heart disease too ( Washington University in St. Louis, 2014). It facilitates heart attacks and the risk of heart disease becomes higher. Also, people with heart disease and issues with their thyroid glands (Endocrine Society, 2014), have a high risk of mortality and cardio-vascular attack.

According to studies, treatment has not lowered the risk of heart attack but more studies are to be made to be sure of treatments that can improve the situation It Is meant to regulate the body’s metabolism, but a link between its work and depression have been found.

Depression is indeed an experience not to be thought of as a simple situation as it may lead to death. People should look for support and help or early detection and treatment to solve issues and live a normal life again for proper societal functioning.


Brigham Young University. (2014, March 6). Japanese Town: Half the survivors of mega-earthquake, tsunami, have PTSD symptoms. Science Daily. Retrieved March 11, 2014 from

Endocrine Society. (2014, February 20). Active thyroid may raise risk of depression in older individuals. Science Daily. Retrieved March 11, 2014 from

Washington University in St. Louis. (2014, February 24). Panel recommends listing depression as a risk for heart disease. Science Daily. Retrieved March 10, 2014 from