However, if you are both anxious and depressed, death rates drop, amazingly enough. It is thought that the discomfort caused by the anxiety prompts the sufferer to seek help, thus reducing the depressive symptoms.
Those who are depressed become socially isolated and their health habits decline as a result. An unhealthy cycle develops whereby coping skills deteriorate possibly resulting in a poor job performance and even greater levels of isolation.
Deteriorating dietary habits and poor self-care result in health problems.
If you love someone with depression, realize the risks and help them get the treatment they need. If you suffer from depression, cognitive behavioral therapy and possibly medication can improve your quality of life.
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