Depression is as deadly as Smoking
Depression is as deadly as smoking. That is a conclusion derived from a unique study conducted by scientists from England and Norway. The results of this study have been published in the British Journal of Psychiatry.
Researchers from the University of Bergen in Norway and King’s College in London compared survey data of more than 60,000 people with an average mortality data. The result, during the four-year study it was found that the risk of dying from depression are really comparable with the risk of death from smoking.
Depression and smoking, both known as risk factors for heart disease. In addition, depressed people and smokers also tend to be less physical activity, which is another serious factor causing heart disease.
“Depression is a major risk factor for heart disease, as well as cigarettes,” says psychologist Jeffrey Rossman, Ph.D., director of Life Management at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, according to MSN.
According to Rossman, most depressed people just saves all the burden on their mind and considered that what they experienced is not a medical condition.
“A depressed person should find someone who can be invited to share the burden of thought, such as family, friends, therapists or doctors. Regular aerobic exercise and psychotherapy is as effective as antidepressants in treating clinical depression, with better long term results,” Rossman added.
Rossman recommends three things which are most important to prevent depression, which are:
1. Remain active in relationships in dormitory, social, work and other activities.
2. Physical exercise at least 30 minutes during five days of the week
3. Eat healthy and fresh foods (not packaged foods) and avoid excessive alcohol consumption