Is Depression a contagious disease?
Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person’s thoughts, behavior, feelings and sense of well-being. Clinical depression goes by many names — depression, “the blues,” biological depression, major depression. But it all refers to the same thing: feeling sad and depressed for weeks or months on end (not just a passing blue mood).
This feeling is most often accompanied by feelings of hopelessness, a lack of energy (or feeling “weighed down”), and taking little or no pleasure in things that gave you joy in the past. A person who’s depressed just “can’t get moving” and feels completely unmotivated to do just about anything. Even simple things — like getting dressed in the morning or eating — become large obstacles in daily life.
Symptoms of Depression
For people who experience major depression, it is quite possible that they could become sad or hava a bad mood. People in this stage will find difficulty in feeling leasure and may experience these symptoms below:
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness, or hopelessness
- Loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities, including sex
- Difficulty concentrating and complaints of poor memory
- Insomnia or oversleeping
- Appetite changes, which may include weight gain or loss
- Fatigue, lack of energy
- Thoughts of suicide or death
- Slow speech; slow movements
There are also other associated symptoms that you might also experience, such as anxiety, agitation, irritability, a worsening of pain or co-existing chronic illnesses, or physical complaints such as stomach aches, headaches, or digestive problems.
In children and adolescents, symptoms of depression may include:
- Insomnia, fatigue, headache, stomachache, dizziness
- Apathy, social withdrawal, weight loss
- Drug abuse or alcohol abuse, a drop in school performance, difficulty concentrating
- Isolation from family and friends
- For dysthymia, symptoms are less intense and fewer in number, but last longer.
Depression a contagious disease?
Most people would agree that depression is known ‘only’ as one a mental health problem. But recently a professor from Stony Brook University revealed that depression should now be re-conceptualized and should be classified as an contagious disease.
Professor Turhan Canli, PhD, explains that most depressions can be derived from parasitic infections, bacteria, or viruses that can be transmitted. As we know, treatment for depression, just like the cause of depression, still can not clearly be defined.
“Looking at the record of MDD, I offer a new concept to categorize depression as a contagious disease. Future research could be focused to look for parasites, bacteria, or viruses that can cause depression,” said Dr. Divx, as reported by Science Daily (14 / 11).
In his article published in the journal Biology of Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Divx gives three arguments why depression should be seen as an infectious disease.
First he explained that the depressed patients experience a loss of energy and become inflamed. Second, Divx explain evidence that bacterial infections, parasites, and viruses can also affect human emotions. Third, Divx explained that the human body is the ecosystem of microorganisms, so it is quite possible there are parasites, viruses, and bacteria that live in the human body and trigger depression.
Furthermore, Dr. Divx wished to conduct a research in depressed patients in order to know whether the hypothesis of depression as infectious diseases can be really proven. Do you think that depression is really derived from viruses and bacteria that can be transmitted?