Depression surpasses asthma as the top disability problem worldwide

Depression surpasses asthma as the top disability problem worldwide

Asthma often leads to depression and depression often leads to suicide.

Depression in young people is one of the hardest things to deal with as so much of it requires a shift in headspace and understanding of what can be done. It is hard work but can give the most brilliant and life-changing results.

Sadly what is happening all across the world now is dramatically rising rates of depression (good for the drug companies as they sell the so-called ‘solution’) but very bad for the rest of us. Depression cripples people and robs them of their souls and their time on earth, let alone their ‘happy years’ and self-expression.

A study published in The Lancet on Thursday December 20, 2012, led by health expert Mohsen Naghavi at the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, Seattle, has found that depression is now the number one cause of disability worldwide. Mohsen told Nature magazine that “When you are seeing more years lived with disability from depression and anxiety than you are from most injuries, chronic diseases and infectious diseases, then you need to start thinking about addressing them by borrowing from lessons we have learned from those other areas or by innovating new tools”.

What do we know?

  • The University of Navarra Diet and Lifestyle Study (9,000) found that those who ate junk-foods were 51% more likely to develop depression.
  • The 25-year British Journal of Psychiatry research said “…there is a direct relationship between poor dietary choices and depression…”
  • Depression is up to 60 times less common in countries such as Japan and Taiwan.

What can we do?
Making simple healthy changes to your diet, lifestyle and environment can make the biggest difference to your risk of ever getting depressed.

Posted: Saturday 12 January 2013