Depression is often an diagnosed condition that, even in this day and age, many still do not quite understand or give enough attention to. While everyone is aware of the often heartbreaking mental toll that depression can have on the mind, not everybody is aware of the physical toll that depression can have on the human body. Here are just a few:

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  1. Numerous clinical studies have shown linked depression to heart disease. NOt only can it cause it, but it also can worsen it if the sufferer already has it and can actually lead to reduction in recovery times from heart disease. Depression has also been found to increase the risk of heart attacks and lessen the survival rate after suffering from one.
  2. It’s no secret that those who suffer from depression tend to eat poorly. Unfortunately, these bad eating habits, paired with alcohol abuse and tobacco smoking, are huge factors in developing diabetes.
  3. When depression is suffered from for a long period of time, it can result in a state of severe cognitive decline. Seniors who suffer from depression have undergone scans of the brain which show verifiable shrinkage of certain parts of the brain. Undiagnosed depression early in life has been shown to lead to increased risk of Alzheimer’s and having a stroke.
  4. Nearly 25 percent of people suffering from cancer also suffer from depression. This is especially bad news because depression has an adverse affect on the immune system. This, in turn, can increase the mortality of cancer.
  5. Probably the most widely known attribute that depression can bring upon a person is suicide. Depression has been linked to significantly increasing suicidal thoughts and behavior. People suffering from extreme depression are exponentially more likely to commit suicide than those who do not suffer from depression.

If you or a loved one are suffering from depression, there are many valuable spots for resource information about depression. Find someone to talk to, a friend or even a stranger if talking to a friend will not make you feel better.